Sunday, March 3, 2013

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 professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of
coffee and an assortment of cups–porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal –
some plain looking, some expensive and exquisite. He told his guests
to help themselves to the coffee. After everyone had a cup of coffee
in hand, the professor said:
If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken
up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for
you to want only the best for yourselves. That is the source of your
problems and stress. Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the
coffee. In most cases, it is more expensive and in other cases, even
hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not
the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you
began eyeing each other's cups to see who had the best one. Now
consider this:
Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the
cups. They are just tools to hold and contain LIFE. And the type of
cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the
coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don't have
the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.
Live Simply. Speak kindly. Care Deeply. Love Generously. And leave the
rest to God.

Simplicity is the essence of true happiness. .

*Credits: francxisz of PD


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