Life is Like a Cup of Coffee – Author Unknown

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.




‘Weather’ You Like It or Not

Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” I say, “Life is like the weather – unpredictable; sometimes full of sunshine; sometimes full of clouds.” We can’t control certain circumstances in life, much like we can’t control the weather. Does the “weather” in your life determine your happiness?

Sometimes, we sabotage our own chance at happiness by our attitude. We say, “If only I had this, or that, then I’d be happy.” “If only I was like him/her, then I’d be happy.” “If only I was rich, then I’d be happy.” Happiness is a choice. When we learn to be grateful for what we have in our life, instead of focusing on what we don’t have, then we can be happy.

Pleasant moments in life are like warm, sunny days. Be grateful for the sunshine and the warmth – it’s not going to last forever, you know. When we have major problems, it’s like dark, stormy days. Be grateful for the waters that will replenish the earth – in these times, be thankful that God is giving us trials to make us grow stronger. When we’re confused and lost, it’s like a foggy day – we can’t see much of where we’re going. Be grateful for the chance to trust completely in God and to let Him take our hand and guide us through the fog. On cold days when we can’t do much but just sleep in, be grateful for the chance to rest, for our bodies to heal, for the chance to meditate and to talk to God.

Remember, the only thing that we can control is our attitude. Learn to be happy; choose to be grateful, whatever the weather, the circumstances, in life are. As Vivian Greene said, “Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass.. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”