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The Coffee cup
« on: August 29, 2005, 02:57:44 PM »
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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit
their old University of Notre Dame lecturer. Conversation soon turned into
complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with
a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass,
some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help
themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer 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 consciously went for the better
cups and are 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."