Saturday, March 7, 2009

Life As A Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university Professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the Prof. went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups:
porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them
to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the Prof. said "If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. That all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups."

"Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

So friend, don't let the cups drive you...enjoy the coffee instead.

16 Comments:

Yellow Philosophy said...

This sums up the basic philosophy I live by. I refuse to let myself become too concerned with where I am as opposed to what I am doing. Brilliant Post.

mrspooley said...

wow. love this! loved it so much I'm reposting it on my blog. thanks!
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Brian said...

Myself, I'm all about FUNCTIONALITY, and I'll take whatever cup allows me to enjoy the coffee best. Which means a porcelain cup (so as not to taint the flavor of the coffee) with a decently sized handle (making it easy to hold). Much the way I live life I guess... I dont' really care what my stuff looks like as long as it gives me the functionality to enjoy life.

CoachCharrise said...

I for one, love the beauty of the cup, the aroma of the coffee, as well as the rich taste. I enjoy the way the heat from the coffee feels on my tongue. I think it's possible to absorb all of the sensory stimulation - without having cup envy.

Anonymous said...

ooooo .... this is sooooo deep, I am going to live my whole life now this way ...

really ....

I am .... really ...

Alexisixela said...

This is a really awesome post. I think it says a lot about a person and it is very motivational. Fantastic!

ra.anana said...

If the world try to live this way maybe this could be a better planet.

James Anderson said...

But what if a tiny percentage control availability to the best cups? Leaving the rest with varying degrees of inadequately small, leaky, and dirty cups.
The result being that some do not get enough coffee, or even worse the coffee is so badly tainted that illness and disease spread, leading to the premature deaths of coffee drinkers.

What then?

Brian said...

this reminds me of the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the villain and Indy are presented with a huge assortment of beautiful bejeweled goblets one of which is the holy grail. The bad guy picks the most extravagant one. Indy picks a humble wooden one. Bad guy drinks from the wrong cup and his face rots off and his bones turn to dust.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this!!!!insightful
Thank-u,
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Anonymous said...

nice..

Oyico said...

good one.

Sowmya said...

Absolutely,fantastic..if everybody try to live this way the world could be a best planet!

me'N'Life said...

i never think bout that before... great imagery.. =)

Anonymous said...

You say that until someone gives you a dirty cup made of lead...

DJ said...

i am reposting it ......this is nice stuff ......Love it

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