Life Defined By Coffee

The following is a "forwarded" email I received from a friend. I searched for the author, but was unsuccessful, so I'll have to give credit to "Anonymous." Whoever the person is, they have great insight...

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 others cups.

Now consider this: Life is the's the jobs, money and position in society that 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.

You brew the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee!

The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
They make the best of everything!"

Here's to great coffee!


  1. Aaron Dirksen12:29 AM

    It took less than a minute to find the source through google:

  2. Thanks, Aaron, for digging out the source for me! I appreciate it! I goggled, as well, but must not have used the right wording for that particular website to come up.


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