Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee

04 Jun

Each minute of our life is a lesson but most of us fail to read it. I thought I would just add my daily lessons & the lessons that I learned by seeing the people around here. So it may be useful for you and as memories for me…….

Today, when I am having coffee along with my Freaks, A story called  “Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee ” came into my mind, which I heard a long back when I am in my 8th standard…

It is a wonderful narration of a simple story that shares a great perspective of life and the way we live it. This story is based on the way we see and lead the life. The story is all about the conversation between Professor and his old students, who come to meet him after many years of their college life.

Story starts like this….” 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.

This story provides a simple, yet profound look at life that may shed light on how challenges being faced today need to be addressed, and hopefully, resolved. Maybe, just maybe, it can be looked at as the simple approach to tackle complex problems. And, I’ve asked myself if it could really be instrumental in making people look at things differently and provide hope, where hope was not even considered before.

Anyway, go through the story  and give this some thought. Then, please share it with your family and friends and request they share it with people they know. If we can ultimately help just one person, or just one family, we will have made progress. Progress that’s necessary to survive this rough economic storm.


Please feel free to share your story and any lessons you learned, you experienced, you came across in your life in the comments below.


Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Life & It's Importance


8 responses to “Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee

  1. sekhar

    June 4, 2012 at 7:01 am



  2. Never Backward

    June 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Reblogged at Never Backward


  3. Never Backward

    June 20, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Permission to reblog at Never Backward


  4. Never Backward

    June 20, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Reblogged this on Never Backward and commented:
    Reblogging “Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee”


  5. Geeta

    October 6, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Nice moral. Good story.


  6. Ghassan Salman

    January 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The ultimate aim is the coffee which we can see, smell, taste and enjoy for a long time. Yet, most of us look for and choose the cups design and colors which we would enjoy for only few seconds..!
    we have an old negative saying in our country:
    Take the biggest even if it is not ripe yet!
    I prefer the essence and the end result rather than the apparent things or the wrapping.
    Thanks for this lovely story.


  7. Wanda Parker

    July 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This is so true.


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    August 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

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