A group of Alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives. 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 alumni had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said, “Notice that all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and the 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 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.”

 This week kindly consider this: Life is the coffee which may represents our careers, jobs, family, business relationships and wealth. Our positions in the society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The type of cup one has does not define nor change the quality of life a person lives.

 Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided for us.

God makes the coffee, man chooses the cups. The happiest people may probably not have the best of everything. They have simply learnt to make the very best of their opportunities. Live simply on the cutting edge but love generously. Care deeply for others because some having compassion makes the difference. Speak kindly with courtesy when relate with others especially those who seemly are less disadvantaged in life and above all be grateful for the gift of life. Learn to develop your hope, faith and confidence in God. Look forward to every opportunity to drink your coffee portion with contentment

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