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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 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 provided us."

Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything,
They just make the best of everything."

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Re: Coffee

6/29/2007 5:40 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

Words to live by fer shure :-)

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6/29/2007 5:43 PM

Paul Smith (1083) wrote:

Thanks for the thought, Debra.

However, (uhumm), the one who wrote this obviously cannot expect me to compare coffee to my guitars, can they?

Cheers,

Paul

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6/29/2007 6:29 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

A real life example just popped to mind.

A few years back, we took the kids on a big, 3-1/2 week, out-to-the-west-coast-and-back camping trip in a 14' pop-up camper that was already well past it's best days, and a supplemental two-man tent. At one stop on the return leg, we were set up at a former KOA, now family owned, at Sundance Wyoming. As we were doing our family things, swimming in the pool, playing board games, getting supper, watching the huge thunderheads building over South Dakota, etc., one of those enormous RVs, you know, the ones that look like a commercial over-the-road bus and cost $250k or more, pulled in. An elderly gent (late 60s, early 70s, probably retired) got out and started setting things up and a 30-something woman (daughter? trophy wife? professional companion?) kind of mulled around, half heartedly helping. He got out a reclining folding chair, a tiki torch and a tv. A little later, the woman brought out a dinner that looked like a boxed microwave meal and disappeared back into the RV. She never came back out that night, but we could see the glow of a tv inside. He never went in, just watched his outdoor tv all evening.

Sound like fun?



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6/29/2007 10:23 PM

Debra Jean (9018) wrote:

I bet you guys were having a blast in your 'not as fancy' mobile environment.

Deb

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6/30/2007 6:40 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

"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 provided us."

Thats a great story. I had to be reminded of that a while back... once I gave it some thought-things started falling into place.

Thanks, Debra.

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7/3/2007 1:11 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

How many of any item are each of us able to use at the same time?.. Generally the number is "one". Have more than one, or flount what you have and you become a target to be relieved of what you have. I happen to like reliability in many things.. cars and friends... male or female.. Generally I find that ladies that I am not attracted to become great friends. I don't mean to imply that pretty women can't be friends, but being what we are it is harder to keep the friendship on a friendly basis.

Charlie

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Re: Coffee

7/5/2007 6:37 PM

Debra Jean (9018) wrote:

Hey, I'm your friend, aren't I?

Debra