Chicago Chess Message Board › Not really chess but a cool little story.
|A former member||
Here is a great little story:
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got talking at
a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now
retired. During their visit conversation soon turned into complaints
about stress in their work and lives.
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 alumni had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:
"Notice that 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; your job, money and position in
society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. The
type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of Life a
person lives. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to
enjoy the coffee. The happiest people don't have the >best of everything.
They just make the best of everything."
Enjoy your coffee!
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.