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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Life is coffee

Was it John Lennon who sang, "life is what happens while you're busy doing other things." Anyways, have you ever sit down and think, how many times have we gotten carried away in life and forgotten the primary purpose of our existence?

Let me just share with you this story that relates to some of things I learned over the last weekend during my premier leadership program:

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; some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to the hot coffee.

When all the old 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 but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups."

"Now imagine, if Life is Coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, but Quality of Life doesn't change.

"Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

So friends, don't be a charlie (silly fool) and let the cups drive you... enjoy the coffee instead.


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