Saturday, August 29, 2009

Have a cup

A Simple Cup of Coffee
(Think about it the next time you pour a cup.)
A group of alumni, all highly established in their
respective careers, got together for a visit with
their old university professor.
The conversation soon turned to complaints about
the endless stress of work and life in general...
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went
into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of
coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups:
porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain,
some expensive, some quite exquisite.
Quietly he told them to help themselves to some
fresh coffee..
When each of his former students had a cup of
coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his
throat and began to patiently address the
small gathering...
''You may have noticed that all of the nicer
looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the
plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only
natural for you to want only the best for
yourselves, that is actually the source of much of
your stress-related problems."
He continued...''Be assured that the cup itself
adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely
disguises or dresses up what we drink.
What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a
cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups...
Then you began eyeing each other's cups....''
''Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money,
and position in society are merely cups. They are
just tools to shape and contain Life,
and the type of cup we have does not truly define
nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by
concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy
the coffee that God has provided us... God brews the
coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your

The happiest people don't have the best of
everything, they just make the best of everything they
have... So please remember:
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak
Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.


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