Life is like a cup of coffee, but is it true that we all really focus too much on the cup and not on the coffee?
Each minute of our lives is a lesson but most of us fail to read between the lines. We thought we would just add our daily lessons and the lessons that we learned from others. So, this short clip gives us something to reflect on.
This story imparts a wonderful narration about a great perspective of life and the way we live it. It is based on the way we see and lead life. This is the kind of story that truly touches your soul and puts life into perspective. This is really inspiring and moving. The story is all about the conversation between Professor and his old students, who come to meet him after many years of their college life.
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, 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 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 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 eyeing each other’s 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. Savour the coffee, not the cups!
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.