Here is an interesting story I read recently, by an unknown author, about coffee. Hope it will give you something to think about while you drink yours.
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university philosophy professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests some coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of 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 alumni had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that can be the source of your problems and stress.”
As they all looked around smiling, the professor when on: “Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases is a cover for what we are really drinking. What all of you actually wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups.”
The professor wasn’t finished. “Now consider this: Life is like 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 choose does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”
You see, God brews the coffee, we choose the cups. Remember, the most contented people don’t always have the most expensive cups. They are thrilled about what God put in the cup. So live with peace of mind. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God……….. Enjoy your coffee!