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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 hot 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.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you unconsciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other’s cups.

Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life
doesn’t change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

Don’t let the cups drive you… Enjoy the coffee instead!

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Romesh Goel
    August 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    True, we often fail to enjoy the life!!

  2. pinky
    August 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    true rajiv…It is a lifetime occupation that kept us too busy to stop and ask if we were happy or not,Enjoy each and every moment in life.

  3. reshma
    August 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

    best 1 my dear bro n lets enjoy our coffee each day n each moment my dear……..

  4. August 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    @ Romesh – Your comment came after long time, where have you been? Keep coming, please always comment, so I know of your presence. 🙂

    @ Pinky – Yes, I agree with you, and I know that you are such person who enjoys every moment of your life. Isn’t it? 🙂

    @ Reshma – Yes my sister, I know, I must say i enjoy the coffee/tea that you make for me (I completely forget the cup) at that time. 🙂

  5. fayaz
    August 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    coffee day

  6. August 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    @ Fayaz – yes coffee day and not cup day 🙂

  7. August 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Very relevent. Worth reading at regular intervals just to remind us the importance of coffee over the cup.

  8. August 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    @ Shammi – Yes it helps us to remind over and over 🙂

  9. August 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Here’s the video to go with your story Rajiv 🙂

  10. August 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    @ Rainbowyoga – Thank you Mei Mei, very kind of you. I have put your blog in my blogroll as i said earlier, so my readers can also visit your blog. 🙂

  11. padmini
    August 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Very true…life is just like a coffee. Try to enjoye it’s test don’t west it to compare your’s with other’s.

  12. August 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    @ Padmini – Hi Pads where have you been? Glad to know u r back. Yes we must test the coffee and enjoy the moment instead of looking the cups held by others 🙂

  13. roshni
    August 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    very true!!

  14. August 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

    @ Roshni – Thank you 🙂

  15. dhriti
    September 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    wow dats awesome! 😀

  16. September 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    @ Dhriti – Thank you 😉

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