Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Coffee or the Cup?

I subscribe to several information sources on the Internet. One of them is Kirk Weisler's Thought for the Day (T4D), you can subscribe to Kirk's Thought for the day at Kirk@kirkweisler.com . The following comes from Kirk and apparently he shared it from one of his subscribers. While Kirk doesn't drink coffee, I do and really did enjoy this story.

"This next piece was shared with us by T4D subscriber Randal Rupert, and while I don’t drink coffee… I totally drank in this wonderful story and analogy!!

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 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, 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 began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and 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 life has provided us."

Think about it. And if you would like to discuss the coffee of your life, come by and see me. We are gathering every Sunday morning to discuss life and how to live it the fullest. Allen