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  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 hot 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 but normal for you to want only the  best for yourselves, 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 best cups and were 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. Some times, by  concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.’   Don’t let  the cups drive you.. Enjoy the coffee instead.


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