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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

God brews the coffee, not the cups

A group of alumni highly establish 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, 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 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 the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.

In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some 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 eying each others' cups.

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 us.
God brews the coffee, not the cups... Enjoy your coffee!"

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything."

unknown author

Thank you God for inspiration, for those moments in which things make sense. For people who provide food for thought.


Sherry Martschink said...

Such a wonderful anecdote!

truth said...

Don't know where you get your pics, but I love this one! And the story too (I've heard it before, but some are worth repeating.)

Ballerina Girl said...

I have seen this before and love reading it over and over again...
thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this story and your coffee cup photo rocks! I'm new to the Blogger over 50 group and I'm paying a visit to the other blogs one by one.

thouartloosed said...

I really liked this! I don't think I'll look at coffee cups quite the same.

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