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Date: 11 Oct 2006 18:02:06
From: I->Ian
Subject: Life is the coffee...
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 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality
to the coffee in most cases, 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
began eyeing each other's cups.

Now 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, nor change
the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the
cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us." God brews the
coffee, not the cups.......... enjoy your coffee.




 
Date: 12 Oct 2006 12:14:02
From: Shadd
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...

Pathos about Latte wrote:
> Douglas W Hoyt wrote:
> > >>>>the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life
> > >>>>we live...
> >
> >
> > Well that is a fairly naive statement if I ever heard one.
>
> How is that naive??? He didn't say lifestyle. He's not talking about
> the superficial things that can cause temporary elation. Life in this
> context is the love, laughter, etc. that we experience throughout our
> lifetime. Having a better car, job, or whatever doesn't necesarrily
> make you happier. What will make you happy is having better "coffee,"
> i.e. being surrounded by friends you like and love. If you quit
> worrying about buying everything that you think you need; if you stop
> and smell the roses and enjoy life, then you will be less stressed.
>
> After reading your post, Douglas, I wanted to scream "Moron!" loudly,
> but that is too strong. After calming down I still think that you lack
> proper perspective. Maybe literature is not your forte, but I think you
> can easily understand this post properly by changing your understanding
> of the words used. Hope I shed some light on your pessimistic shadow of
> life.
>
> Byron

It's true that bigger, better, and more do not equate to a richer
more satisfying life. But try to tell that to those who don't have
jobs, houses, cars...etc. THEIR coffee is leaking out the bottom of
their hands because they don't have a cup to drink it from.

Shadd



 
Date: 12 Oct 2006 09:06:26
From: Pathos about Latte
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
Douglas W Hoyt wrote:
> >>>>the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life
> >>>>we live...
>
>
> Well that is a fairly naive statement if I ever heard one.

How is that naive??? He didn't say lifestyle. He's not talking about
the superficial things that can cause temporary elation. Life in this
context is the love, laughter, etc. that we experience throughout our
lifetime. Having a better car, job, or whatever doesn't necesarrily
make you happier. What will make you happy is having better "coffee,"
i.e. being surrounded by friends you like and love. If you quit
worrying about buying everything that you think you need; if you stop
and smell the roses and enjoy life, then you will be less stressed.

After reading your post, Douglas, I wanted to scream "Moron!" loudly,
but that is too strong. After calming down I still think that you lack
proper perspective. Maybe literature is not your forte, but I think you
can easily understand this post properly by changing your understanding
of the words used. Hope I shed some light on your pessimistic shadow of
life.

Byron



 
Date: 12 Oct 2006 07:01:01
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
A person who considers Ian's anecdote naive will certainly never
understand the point that was being made. My sympathy goes out to you,
Doug. May you be blessed with nice cups all your life.

Will
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, they have their reward."



Douglas W Hoyt wrote:
> >>>>the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life
> >>>>we live...
>
>
> Well that is a fairly naive statement if I ever heard one.



 
Date: 11 Oct 2006 19:19:52
From: Douglas W Hoyt
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
>>>>the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life
>>>>we live...


Well that is a fairly naive statement if I ever heard one.






  
Date: 12 Oct 2006 10:44:39
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
"Douglas W Hoyt" <whatever@boudin.net > wrote:

>>>>>the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life
>>>>>we live...
>
>
>Well that is a fairly naive statement if I ever heard one.
>
>

"Sometimes you're the bean... sometimes you're the grinder.
Sometimes you're the espresso... at other times you're the puck."
-RG


Randy "knows a lot of pucks" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




 
Date: 11 Oct 2006 13:50:08
From: Phil P
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...

I- >Ian wrote:
> 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 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality
> to the coffee in most cases, 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
> began eyeing each other's cups.
>
> Now 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, nor change
> the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the
> cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us." God brews the
> coffee, not the cups.......... enjoy your coffee.

Wise words . . . I'd still like a set of Illy 'Nude' though . . .



 
Date: 11 Oct 2006 13:36:10
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
Post of the year

and something to cherish and always remember.

dave b

I- >Ian wrote:
> 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 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality
> to the coffee in most cases, 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
> began eyeing each other's cups.
>
> Now 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, nor change
> the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the
> cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us." God brews the
> coffee, not the cups.......... enjoy your coffee.



 
Date: 11 Oct 2006 13:35:46
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
Post of the year

and something to cherish and always remember.

dave b

I- >Ian wrote:
> 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 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. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality
> to the coffee in most cases, 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
> began eyeing each other's cups.
>
> Now 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, nor change
> the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the
> cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us." God brews the
> coffee, not the cups.......... enjoy your coffee.



 
Date: 11 Oct 2006 21:20:26
From: Ken Wilson
Subject: Re: Life is the coffee...
Post of the year.