And SO TRUE:
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 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
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
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
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
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make
the best of everything they have.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.