….A group of Alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old college professor. Conversations soon turned to complaints about stress in work and life. While offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an large assortment of cups… porcelain, plastic, glass, and crystal. Some were plain looking; some expensive, some exquisite. He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee.
After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: If you noticed … All the nice looking, and 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 likely… is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee.
In most cases…It’s just more expensive. And in some cases… even hides that which we are drinking. What all of you really wanted was …just the coffee, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cups…and then you began eyeing each other’s cup. Now consider this…Life is the Coffee; the jobs, money and one’s position in society are represented by 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. Savor the coffee…not the cup! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything! Live simply, speak kindly, care deeply, love generously. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. Life is like Coffee. ….Author Unknown
This short essay was provided by BrOOKS-of-WISDOM… Charles Brooks.