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life and contentment June 18, 2009

Posted by walnutsrice in better self.
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I was sent this:

      “The happiest people in the world are not those who have no
      problems,
      but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.”

      A group of graduates, 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, the professor said: “If
      you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up,
      leaving behind the simple 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…
      Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”

      Now consider this, said the professor, “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 on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee
      God has provided us.  Enjoy your coffee!”

      The happiest people don’t have the best of everything.  They just
      make the best of everything.  Four things to take note of in life…

       1. Live simply.
       2. Love generously.
       3. Care deeply.
       4. Speak kindly.

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