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Thursday, April 24, 2008

The coffee or the cup ...

Title: Autumn (2004)
Media: Acrylic
Size: 20cm x 30cm

I received this via email a couple of years ago and got it again today - thought it was quite timely .... I chose this painting as I felt it symbolised really well what this story was about ... with the wide gold border to represent the cup .. and the bright flowing colours - the coffee within ...

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers got together to visit their old university professor.. Conversations soon turned into complaints about stress at work and in 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, metal, 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 were 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 that was provided to us. Enjoy the coffee!

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, Laugh often.


Kay said...

How difficult it is to stop with just one thing. It can be really hard to stay with a simple life... long live floating boats that once were leaves, and "racing" sticks thrown into the water then running from one side of the bridge to the other to see who won...

...and gumboots. Have gumboots, puddles, and fun!

Sophia Elise said...

That takes me back - yes you are soooo right - and its the perfect weather to get those gummies out and go splashing with the kids ....