A Lesson from a Cup of Coffee

I am personally touched by this story as I am one of those who picks the best cup to drink my coffee. However, I realized that there is nothing wrong with choosing the best cup, as long as there is no attachment or craving for it. It means that you don’t feel bad if someone has the best cup or someone took the cup you like best.

To be content with the kind of cup you have is enough to savor the best coffee. Being content is being happy with what you have.

This story is a MUST read, for those who wants to make the BEST out of LIFE.

Whoever authored this, I would like to say that, “You are a person full of Wisdom.”  You open the minds of those people who wants to have everything in life. I personally thank you for sharing this to the whole world!


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. He told his guests to help themselves with 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 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 the coffee, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cups…. and began eyeing each others 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 any type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of the life we live.”

“Sometimes by concentrating only with the cup we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best in everything. They just make the best of everything.”

“Live simply. Speak kindly. Care deeply. Love generously.  Life is like a cup of coffee.”


(from Spiritual-Short-Stories.com / Author Unknown)

Note: This is suppose to be a video story but due to security reasons, video cannot be uploaded.


One thought on “A Lesson from a Cup of Coffee

  1. What a lovely,timely story in this present materialistic world we live in. Thank you for sharing such a great work of inspiration, Cora. Live, love, give, laugh!

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