Life is like a cup of coffee…

Recently two friends have independently told me that “coffee fixes everything”, and I agree with them, even if I mostly get to drink decaf nowadays.  I am lucky however, as I have found an amazing place, called The Bean Shop, that roasts its coffee on site and they offer you a cup as you walk in the door.  It’s in Perth, and even though it’s about an hours drive away from home, I’d rather pop in and get my coffee in person, rather than order on-line (though they are fab at getting it to you if you are further afield).  They also grind the beans perfectly for my espresso machine.

I’ve had to change my coffee consumption; I stopped drinking caffeinated coffee over five years ago… wow, I hadn’t thought it was that long.  Amongst other reasons it’s to aid with sleep patterns, as consuming coffee is highly detrimental to mood and sleep cycles.  I miss having a wee espresso after food, just as a wee pick me up; the almost burnt flavor clinging to the mouth, not wanting to let go.  I do however like my latte in the morning, even if it takes me all day to drink it some days.  And yes there is a rare occasion that I will have some of hub’s Blend 67 which is truly divine, if only as a wicked inclusion to my diet.

Anyway, I was wandering around the web this evening (as you do), and I came across this story, that I liked, and made me hope that you all get to savor the best coffee you can…

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.

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. Savor the coffee, not the cups! 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.

Words found at http://kmcadenhead.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/life-is-like-a-cup-of-coffee/
Video found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3NgzQ9Pcsg&feature=related
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