A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together
to visit an old university professor. Conversation soon turned in to
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 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 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. Be assured that the cup itself adds no
quality to the coffee in most cases. It's just more expensive and
in some cases even hides what you drink. What all of you really
wanted was coffee, not the cup. But you went for the best cups,
and then began eyeing each other's cups."
The professor continued, "Now consider this: Life is the coffee,
and 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 appearance of the cup,
we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.