A sign of the times?…

For me this story eloquently demonstrates modern society’s need for greed; the best car, the best house; the most money!  We judge one another on these and other attributes; weight, height, salary, age… the list is long! As the story says there’s nothing wrong with bettering oneself so long as it doesn’t cause you stress and pain.  

What this story is actually saying is who cares what the vessel looks like, it’s what’s inside that counts! And all the trappings of money and success count for nothing if it doesn’t make you happy!  Judge for yourself, have a read…

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.

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.”

With compassion, he added,
“Life is like 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.  While you pursue the fine cups, be sure to keep focus on enjoying the coffee!”

Something to think about when you’re sipping your coffee today.

Until next time…

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I'm Sarah Boucher-Edwards. I'm a mid-life wife, mum of two, and lifestyle blogger. In my professional life, I am an event planner, marketer, and account manager. But I am also passionate about "human potential", and getting people to be the best they can be. This is the blog that I run with my daughters all about being totally abundant in all areas of your life.

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