Saturday, September 12, 2009

Life Is Like Coffee

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 Prof. 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 Prof. 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. That 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.”


  1. Nice post and specially the message in it.

    We definitely concentrate in the things that don't matter, because down the road the things that really matter are not even things at all (like family, friends, love, health, harmony, happiness, etc).

    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing that special message with me today!

  2. Wow, I love this. So true and put so nicely. Great photo as well. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.