Last week a Chad with 1140 KSOO Sioux Falls talk radio shared this message on his Facebook page. I had heard the story before but it is a good one with an important messages, so I want to share it here along with the Inspirational design that it inspired.
"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 got up and 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 his former 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, cheap ones. While it's normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that's the source of all your problems and stress. What you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eying each other's cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They're just tools to hold and contain life, and do not change the qualify of life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. So, don't let the cups drive you. Enjoy the coffee instead."