Monday’s Mindset

Enjoy your Coffee!

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about the stress at work and in 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 looking, and some exquisite – he then tells them to help themselves to coffee.

Once the entire alumnus had their cup of coffee, the professor said, “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap cups. 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 on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee we have been provided.

 

 

 

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