About Life – Enjoy Your Coffee

       A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective
careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor.  The
conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and
life in general. 
       Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and
soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups:
porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal some plain, some expensive, some quite
exquisite.  Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee. 
       When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old
professor quietly cleared his throat and patiently began to address the
small gathering.  
   ''You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up
first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones.  While it is only
natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the
source of many of your stress-related problems!" 
       He continued, "Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the
coffee.  In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink.
What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively
went for the best cups.  Then you began eyeing each other's cups. 
       "Now consider this: Life is coffee.  Jobs, money, and position in
society are merely cups.  They are just tools to shape and contain life, and
the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the
life we live.  Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the
coffee that God has provided us.  God brews the coffee, but he does not
supply the cups.  Enjoy your coffee!" 
       The happiest people don't have the best of everything - they just
make the best of everything they have.  So, please remember: Live simply,
love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God. 
**** The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who
needs the least.  ****


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