Coffee, Finances & Life

coffee cupI received this in my email awhile ago and was reminded about it from a post in the forums. It is well worth sharing for those who may not have seen it yet:

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 were 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.

Enjoy your coffee!

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

I couldn’t find where this originated, but if anyone knows, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

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5 Responses to Coffee, Finances & Life

  1. Laura says:

    Good reminder! Although I would argue that the job is part of the coffee, the salary is is the cup. But maybe that’s just my stereotypical Gen Y, fulfilling-job-obsessed self talking.

  2. Joey says:

    As much as I really hate to admit, this is all too true. I have no problem using the paper cup but if given the choice, I want what looks good to me. I am very visual. The ceramic cup could be worth 10 cents but because it gives me something to look at other than a simple paper cup, I will be drawn to it. This takes place in my whole life.

  3. Jake Blake says:

    I don’t know who wrote that either, however it really gives me something to think about. Thanks for taking the time to put that up.

  4. limeade says:

    While somewhat unrealistic, it is a great reminder of what our priorities should be. Life takes balance between all the different areas. Financial success is a great enabler, though, to be able to do some of the great things you’d like to do.

    Nice post.


  5. Joey says:

    Yes DO the nice things you want to do. I think what he is trying to say is DO more doing do LESS getting. Once you become financially capable of getting the cool stuff, most people start getting the cool stuff because it falls within what they feel they deserve and should have.

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