Friday, July 17, 2009

Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee

"Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee"
author unknown
(and greatly appreciated)
Take a look at this inspirational video. It will only take less than four minutes of your time, but it could give you some thoughts to ponder upon.

A group of alumni, highly established in the careers, got together to visit their old professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, he 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.
He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee. After everyone 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 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 to see who had the best one."
"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."
Savour the coffee, not the cups!
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Live simply.
Speak kindly.
Care deeply.
Love generously.

I'm not sure about you guys out there, but this message is certainly an awakening call for me personally. I guess I sometimes put too much attention to unimportant and insignificant stuff, that I failed to enjoy things which I could have had. Perhaps it is still not too late for me to rediscover myself from now onwards, and learn how to appreciate the simplest things around me.
I do not want to end up one day, at the later stage of my life, asking myself this question: "What if ... ?"


naqiubex said...

Ouch,,, somehow this message hit me hard...

ps: Lagenda is actually my college.. haha.. It goes by Legenda Education group.. A famous college for its controversy... Try looking at it at the internet..

anne said...

brilliant. a wake up call.

ns29 said...

look and ask and fight for the better one, but dont forget to thank god for what we are having now.

kh said...

i've heard of this story thru a forwarded email...
see la.. choose chibadai for what... niigatadai also got your course... tsk tsk

calvin said...

@ naqiubex:
yup, i felt the same way too, and that is why i posted this up to remind not only myself, but everyone =)

p/s: i've taken a look at your college.

calvin said...

@ anne:
yup, indeed it is =)

calvin said...

@ ns29:
yup. it's not wrong to look for the better things for ourselves, but we shouldn't forget about the simple and little things we have =)

calvin said...

@ kh:
if i'd chosen niigatadai, then we wouldn't be together next time haha xD