Sunday, June 16, 2013

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

On the third Sunday of each month at our church, the deacons give the homily.  Today Dan Donnelly
began his with this story:
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. He told them to help themselves to the coffee.  When everyone had a cup of coffee, the professor said: 
"If you noticed, all the nice looking and 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 the coffee, not the cup, but you subconsciously went for the best cups... and then you began eyeing each other's cups to see who had the best one. 
“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. Savor the coffee, not the cups!
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything."

Five years ago today: New Thing #157--Big Meal of the Day


  1. Oh, I like that! I'm going to send that up to Himself.

  2. I don't know how people live without coffee, I love to accept that coffee is one of the most important things .

    Finn Felton

    Kopi Luwak

  3. I like the title "Life is Like a Cup of Coffee". 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.

    Kopi Luwak

  4. Good lesson. Of course being human, we do stuff like this and have to be reminded.

  5. very interesting lesson....I guess that ruins that quote about coffee tasting better in a pretty cup! haha.

    love the quote at the end..

    1. Coffee tastes good in any long as it's not Styrofoam :-)

  6. Good lesson. Hopefully many in your congregation will take the story to heart.