A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. After the initial niceties, the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Despite their successes, these alumni were convinced that the stress in their lives was overwhelming and uncontrollable.
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, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:
“If you noticed, all the nice looking and expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is also the source of your problems and stress.
Monday Morning Perspective
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have.” – Unknown
“Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.” -Anonymous
Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee inside. In most cases it is just more expensive, and in some cases it even hides what we drink.
What all of the alumni really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but they consciously went for the best ones- and then they began eyeing each other’s cups for comparison. In today’s world, we’re wired to reach for the best, and then observe and compare with our peers.
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 God has provided for us.
Only if we focus on the quality of the coffee, not the cups, will we ever truly enjoy the plethora of blessings we’ve been given during our lifetime.
After all, Starbucks in styrofoam is still Starbucks! Enjoy your coffee!
Have a wonderful week!
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