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God and Coffee

A group of professional higher education alumni, well established in their careers, were talking at their college reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.

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 alumni had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“Notice that all of the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While its 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.

Your job, your money and wealth and your positions in society are the cups.

They are just tools to hold and contain Life.

The type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of life a person lives.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

God makes the coffee, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Enjoy your coffee!

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Schultz, Creator of the “Peanuts” Comic Strip.

You don’t have to actually answer these 6 questions, just read them straight through:

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do with these 6 questions:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier?

The lesson . . .

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones that care.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”





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