A group of Alumni, high in their careers meet back at university for a reunion and visit their old college professor. They get talking, and pretty soon conversation turns to complaints about stress in work and in life.
The college professor makes a pot of coffee and returns with a mixture of cups… some made of the finest china, some made of class, some chipped old mugs, and some Styrofoam cups. He told the guests to help themselves to the coffee. When everyone had a cup of coffee in their hand, the professor said;
“If you take a second to notice, you will see that all of the expensive and fancy cups are taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be aware, that the cup that holds your coffee adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive, and in some cases it even hides what we drink.”
He then continued…
“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 to see who had the best one… Now, consider this – Life is the coffee. The jobs, money, 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. Savour the coffee, not the cups!”.
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.