This is another one of those anonymous stories that I love to collect as they make my way to my inbox. It offers a perspective on life, how we see life and how we chose to live it.
This story is about a conversation between a Professor and a group of his old students who came to visit him after many years of their college life.
Here is the story:
“The cup of coffee”
….” 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 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 have been 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 others’ 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. Savor the coffee, not the cups!
This story provides a simple example about how sometimes we tend to define ourselves and measure our worth by outer circumstances such as our jobs, wealth, material possessions, by designer clothes, the amount of degrees we collect, or even how many “likes” we get on Facebook.
We are not our jobs or any of those other outer “things” that we collect over the years none of which we can take with us at the end of our journeys. The truth is quite liberating when we realize that the essence of Life is what enriches our souls and nourishes our hearts.
Let us drink then, of that essence of Life and savor every drop of it, whatever the cup!