Nice one from a friend

here is a nice little story doing rounds in email. It was fwd to me by a friend, but nevertheless it has a great morale.

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, crystal ; some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite,telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the ex- 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 but normal for you to Want only the best for yourselves, that had become 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 equated to coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society can be categorised as the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. Hence, even if your material possession (cups) changes, the quality of Life does not."

"Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."


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