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Monday, December 4, 2006

Life: Coffee and Life

My sister sent me the following story today. A good reminder of what life is:

Live a good life

A group of alumni of a Management Institute, highly established in
their careers, got together to visit their old university lecturer.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and

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 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 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."

So don't let the cups drive you...enjoy the coffee instead.