A group of alumni, well-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
and stress.

“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
drink. 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
other’s cups.”

“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 we live.

“Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the
coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee, not the
cups………. Enjoy your coffee!”

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