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    Friday, December 01, 2006

    From My Mother-in-Law (who happens to appreciate coffee both literal and metaphorical)

    You may have read this already as it seems like something that would get passed around. I liked it. Thanks Jean...and a happy Friday to all :)

    A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The 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,and some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee. After 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 first, 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 St ress."
    "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 we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups...and then began eyeing each other's cups."
    "Now consider this:Life is the coffee, and the jobs, houses, cars, things, 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 God has provided us."
    God brews the coffee, not the cups . Enjoy your coffee.


    Blogger annie said...

    Insightful. Even if you aren't a coffe drinker. Thanks for sharing. Hope you guys had a good Thanksgiving. I need to get back to blogging one of these days.

    8:44 AM  
    Blogger E Rica said...

    Interesting. As I am just starting life, it's important to realize these things early on.

    11:23 AM  
    Anonymous momma said...

    It's no wonder you fell in love with Aaron, who has such a beautiful mom as Jean :)

    2:51 PM  
    Blogger Mimi said...

    wow. Thank you!

    5:03 PM  
    Blogger Simply Victoria said...

    I like this a lot.

    6:55 PM  
    Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

    Love it!

    Thank you!

    10:39 PM  
    Blogger The Scrivener said...

    Nice. But I really do believe that coffee truly tastes better out of a proper mug. Paper cups impart some of the taste of the paper to the coffee. I know, that's not the point...

    11:03 AM  
    Blogger The Scrivener said...

    By the way, hope you don't mind but I added you folks as a contact on my Flickr account.

    11:10 AM  
    Blogger Susan Sophia said...

    i loved this!

    on another note...did you get my email? i've been thinking about you a lot lately.

    12:50 PM  
    Anonymous Julie said...

    This is a goodie!

    9:15 AM  
    Blogger Belladonna said...

    This touched my heart!

    I'd like to use this in the "enrichment resources" section of my online Sociology class I teach, in the section on Social Stratification. Any idea what the original source was??

    11:24 PM  

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