coffee? cup?

Just a quick post before I head off to a meeting. I don’t usually pay much attention to forwarded emails with inspirational stuff (because, admit it, most of them are recycled and hackneyed), but this one was short and thought-provoking (and it did not have cutesy animation! Hehe.) I thought I’d share.

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer 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 lecturer 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. What 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.”

Hmmm… am I being a “cup” person or a “coffee” person? How about you? Incidentally, it is time for my after-lunch cup of coffee. Until next time.

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One thought on “coffee? cup?

  1. I don’t know about nice-looking and expensive, but if it’s coffee, I’m going for the big cup 😉

    sounds just like you! hehe… thanks for getting coffee for the office ha 😀 sillyserious

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