A group of successful professionals got together and visited their old professor for a coffee talk.
The conversation soon became a series of complaints about the stress of work and life.
The professor offered them coffee. He went to the kitchen and returned with a hot coffee pot and the most eclectic cup selection. There where porcelain cups, plastic cups and glass cups. Some were simple and cheap looking, some nicely decorated. Others were expensive and a few exquisite ones.
He told them to grab a cup and help themselves to some fresh coffee. When they had all served them selves, the professor cleared his throat and with calm and patience said:
You might have noticed that all the “pretty cups” are gone. And only a few of the simple cheap looking ones are left. Which is natural because every body wants the best for themselves. That’s actually the cause of many of your life and stress related problems.
Then he added.
I assure you that the cup you selected did not add quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup only disguises or covers what we drink. What you actually wanted was the coffee, not the cup. But instinctively you reached for the “best”. Then you looked at each others’ cups and compared them to yours.
Now think about this: The coffee represents life. The jobs, the money, the social status, etc. Are nothing but the cups that shape and hold life. The type of cup that we have does not define or changes the quality of the life that we live.
Because we often focus on the cup we forget to enjoy the coffee.
Remember. The happiest people are not the ones that have the best of everything but the one who make the best with what they have.
So, enjoy each moment of your life, don’t get all worked up for what you don’t have or what you can’t change. Have peace, invest in your spiritual wealth. Make a celebration of your life every day. For ten minutes every day visualize the good that you want to see in your life and leave the rest up to God.
Remember that the wealthiest person is not the one who has the most but the one that needs the least.
Enjoy your coffee!