- Publish Date
- Monday, 17 November 2014, 8:41AM
A group of graduates from a prestigious university, came to visit their old professor. They were all successful and achieving great things. During the visit the conversation turned to work: graduates were complaining about countless difficulties and problems of life.
After offering the guest’s coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and came back with a coffee pot and a tray, crowded with many different cups: porcelain, glass, plastic and crystal. Some were simple, others expensive.
When the graduates picked out the cups, professor said:
- Notice, how all the beautiful cups were picked out, and the simple and cheap ones were left. Although it seems normal for you, wanting only the best things for yourself, that is the source of your problems and stress. You need to understand, that the cup doesn’t make the coffee better. Actually, all that you wanted was coffee, not the cup. But you consciously picked the best cups, and later watched what kind of cups others got.
And now think about this: life – is coffee, and job, money, position, society – are the cups. They are only instruments for maintenance and upkeep of life. The type of cup we have, doesn’t determine the quality of our life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cups, we forget to enjoy the taste of coffee. The happiest people are not those who have the best things, but those who retrieve everything that is best from what they have.