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Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

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  1. NeverAmI

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    Taken from http://amolife.com/inspiration/life-is-like-a-cup-of-coffee.html, enjoy.

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    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.




    The story originated from http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/
     
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    I have to agree with this.

    I also live for my endless coffee, so this is twice as good!
     
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    Wow, color me ashamed. Nice post NAI.
     
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    Heh. What if you picked porcelain over plastic because you wanted to be environmentally friendly?... and because you didn't want to burn your fingers? (Have you ever tried holding a plastic cup with a hot liquid in it? yeesh).

    Sorry, I over-think everything.

    But I enjoyed the lesson.
     
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    hehe that's what I thought too. Sucks to be the one who got plastic!
     
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    Very nice story, thanks for sharing
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    Life is like a cup of coffee; really bitter and nasty but you can't do without it.

    I liked the story in the OP too though. :)
     
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    Tell your T to shut up and ejoy the story! LOL
     
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    What if it was about the kind of coffee and not the cup at all. ;)

    I would like the darkest roast you've got please. Half an inch of heavy cream, and a bit of sugar. Thank you.

    Actually, I've always loved this story!

    For me, I would simply have chosen the biggest cup. But.. I really like my coffee.
     
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    I actually, really detest coffee. It's too bitter for my taste, and I'm not tolerant to that much caffeine (tea please).

    Can I use tea as a coffee substitute? I really like this allegory.
     
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    I would have picked the plastic cup and then demanded a couple of shots of Bailey's in it, just to cool it off!
     
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    I wish I could. Believe me.
     
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    The cups adds visual enjoyment to the coffee, and perhaps other things as well. I am not sure what I am trying to say here, but apperantly nicer cups made the coffee somewhat more enjoyable to everyone.


    Plus I think this story is meant to calm the masses of poor people and makethem c=feel more content about themselves so that the rich dont have to worry about a rebellion.
     
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    That's a really great point uberrogo!
     
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    that professor was kind of nasty though. they innocently assumed he was extending his hospitality to them but the whole time he was just waiting to spring a trap. i wonder if he poisoned the coffee too and then as they all started vomiting and fainting, sagely advised "well coffee is a luxury you know and luxury is a poison of course"
     
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    (sorry, just kidding.)
     
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    Wow I enjoyed reading that.

    I did something like that this morning. 3 coworkers and I were standing around the coffee pot waiting for it to finish dripping. I picked us out 3 cups...two were plain white, one was red and cream and swirly. I poured our cups and took the red and swirly cup. LOL.

    Going to print that article out :)
     
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