Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

Today, I want to share to you a little story, which was also shared by an old classmate of mine… It is a great read.  I hope you guys will like it.


Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

Spiritual Story by Unknown (from here)

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversations soon turned into complains about 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 other;s 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 in the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.  Savor the coffee, not the cups!  The happiest people don;t have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything.  Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.”


Hope you guys loved the story as much as I have.  Again, I did not write this story ( as much as I want to take credit for it ), but the credit goes to the author of this story, albeit we don’t know who he is.  Also, credit goes to and also to my old classmate, Harold Lu, for sharing this story with us.


2 thoughts on “Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

  1. This is a great story–thanks for sharing! It helps to keep my own ambitions in perspective. Sometimes people get too focused on building this “great life” that they forget to enjoy it while it’s going on right in front of them…

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