Life is like a cup of coffee.


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 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 have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. 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. Savor the coffee, not the cups!

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. 

Live simply. 
Love generously. 
Care deeply. 
Speak kindly. 



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  1. Indeed right…this is what we,in our Alumni Batch 1991 long in spirit to be felt among us- classmates, batchmates…we finished our secondary from a government school and few of us were able to finish college, apparently due to financial constraints.

    We advocate the principle- To live simply for complicating things would just ruin peace and simplicity…love generously sincerely as Heaven gives love for free…care deeply and speak kindly- bragging annoys the humility culture we love…

  2. I’ve made a life long study of figuring out why people do what they do. For instance, why do people drink coffee, yet they don’t like it’s taste, so they add cream, sugar, chocolate, and the like; all to mask the taste of the coffee. Could it be an acquired taste. Perhaps, but why spend months if not a lifetime of drinking something you don’t like? I suspect it’s a lot like lemmings jumping off the cliff; herd mentality.

    If you really want to learn to drink coffee, then learn to drink good coffee. Just search the internet for “Coffee For People Who Don’t Like Coffee”. Maybe then you’ll be making the best of everything.

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