A couple of week ago this written article was published in a Church newsletter, sourced by Lisa Gregoire. It is worth reading and sharing this 'modern day parable.'
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, visited their old university professor. There they complained about the stress of work and life.
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, and some expensive. He told them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in their hands, the professor said:
"All the nice-looking, expensive cups have been taken up. 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, it 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.
Consider this: life is the coffee, and 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 or change the quality of life we live."
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.