Enjoy The Coffee !!!

(via Jamshed Wadia) good friend and former colleague at Intel.

Don’t know the source of this short Story but i really liked the simplicity of the message

Group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work life

Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, 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 stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change.” “Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So folks, don’t let the cups drive you…enjoy the coffee instead

7 thoughts on “Enjoy The Coffee !!!”

  1. Getting philosophical eh ?

    I don’t know whether you have seen the movie Wall Street with Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas. There’s a famous scene, where Charlie Sheen, a young stock broker, is advised to focus on Blue Chip established investments like GM and IBM. Charlie Sheen’s response “You’ve got to get rich first; you can then do good things”. One always aspires to enjoy but in this day and age, one does need to get somewhere financially before one can get a place socially and enjoy some of the other aspects of the “coffee”. If “baap dadas” leave us good “paisa”, we can all enjoy a lot more coffee a lot sooner.

  2. dear shrikant

    what a nice story. driving the point very well. how true it is in life.
    we fail to lead the life, it should be lead,, but instead we try to camoflage
    our naked lives with lot of artificiality, with lot of double standards and most of the times, forgetting our own real self.

    the anecdoate given shall be remembered by me for a long time to come.

    g. krishna murthy

  3. Excellent story! Sometimes we get so carried away by the cup that the realization that you were drinking coffee, takes several months or even years. It will be good to remind oneself – to enrich the coffee instead of embellishing the cup.


  4. Excellent,
    Shrikanth, Thanks for this story. This is very similar to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s drishtaanta’s.

  5. Very well said. I don’t know if it holds true for people who want to drink good coffee in quality cups.

    Anyway, excellent reminder about life.

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