Enjoy Your Coffee
By Lynn Bacon, CPLC, CRC, CFC
A group of alumni got together to visit their old university professor. The 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,
and some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee. After 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 but 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 real quality to the coffee. In most cases, it's
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 began eyeing each other's cups."
"Now consider this: Life is the coffee. . .and the jobs, houses, cars, things, 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. Life is the coffee, not the cups ... enjoy your coffee."
And did you know...
The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston
Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of
In the ancient Arab world, coffee became such a staple in family life that
one of the causes allowed by law for marital separation was a husband's refusal to
coffee for his wife.
Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United
The loss of 1 to 1.5 hours of nighttime sleep can reduce daytime alertness by