21 August 2006

Enjoy the Coffee

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 normal for you towant only the best for yourselves but 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."

It is so true that we are constantly pursuing materialistic enjoyment such as diamonds, branded handbags etc that we forget those simple things in life which once gave us so much happiness. A day out in the park, cooking for family and talk to our parents, we have forgotten about these little things. Life shouldn't just be about jobs, money and position!

Let us all enjoy the coffee !

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