Archive for March 23rd, 2011

Life is like Coffee


“The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least”

Author Unknown



“A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old college professor.

Conversation soon turned to 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.

He told his guests to help themselves to coffee. 

Life is like Coffee ~Author Unknown

After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: 

“If you noticed all of the nice looking, expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.  While it is normal to want only the best for ourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. 

Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee.  In most cases it’s just more expensive, and in some cases even hides what we drink.  What all of you wanted was coffee, not the cup.  But you consciously went for the best cups and then you began eyeing each others cups. 

Now consider this…Life is the Coffee….the jobs, the money and the positions 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 have. 

Sometimes…by concentrating only on the cup we fail to enjoy the coffee.  Savor the coffee not the cup.  The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything!”

Live simply.  Speak kindly.  Care deeply.  Love generously.

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.”

Thank you to my friend Gene Choin for sharing this nice thought.

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