Life is like a cup of coffee

For the first time in a while I have sat at my blog just to write about something I love. No planning necessary and no pressure to be witty or wise. If you consider me either of these things anyway! Tonight all I wanted was a coffee. It’s not been a bad day or anything like that – I just wanted it real bad.

So this is what I’m trying.

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I’ll be honest: I’m not enjoying it too much. A filter or instant coffee would be much nicer but this was the only decaf I could find! The matter isn’t going to ruin this blog post though. You see, I write because I love to write and blogging is my escape. I’m very sorry to say I’ve been a little occupied with figures and that’s not me. So that won’t be my blog anymore.

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As well as coffee, I also love philosophy and therefore this little story is worth a lot to me ~ and obvs worth sharing too:

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 have been 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. Savour the coffee, not the cups!

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.

Sidenote: why are philosophical stories always based around a group of well established alumni?

I think this can relate a lot to social media, with the figures being the cup and the content being the coffee. Maybe that’s why it’s been in my mind recently. But let’s not concentrate too much on that now.

I’m currently re-watching Boys over Flowers (yes it is that amazing!) and am quite looking forward to a soak. So for now let us hold our coffee in the air and look forward to a more relaxed Blogoshpere.

Que sera sera.

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