Friday, 4 January 2008


A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, go 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 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 God has provided us.

" God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee! "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. Leave the rest to God !!


James Foo said...

Hey, so glad to have you with us, again, I guess it's coffee that triggers you, huh ! :-)

Well too bad, I can't drink coffee nowadays, no matter what cup. But I like the idea...

God is good! All the time !

su said...

good sharing sis. blessed NEW year!god bless.

S.F.Chan said...

Actually i dont like drink coffee, can i have Milo Ha....ha..... Thanks for your sharing.

God Bless U :)

Eunice Soo said...

很高兴看见你的分享. 更高兴有你在我们当中. 加油吧姐妹.. 愿神祝福你.

ai-chin said...

Good sharing wah wah. Sometimes, we are like the students. We want the best for ourself. It is nothing wrong requiring the best for ourself but do not let the cup in your hand to pressure our lives. Remember enjoying the coffee is much more important.

p/s uncle James! why do you drink any more coffee now day.