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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Keeping It In Perspective: Coffee Cups

I came across a great post from a commenter who calls herself The Hobbits. One bizarre thing about blogging is how often the connections I make are random. In many ways that’s been a highlight of blogging for me over the last couple years because I'm so very often surprised by who actually stops by, and even more so by those who are courteous enough to say hello. A couple have become friends, which is even more special. Like so many, I was not able to determine much about this commenter, but I did leave a return thanks on The Hobbits’ blog. One thing I can tell from the user profile and from stats on Google Analytics is this individual is from Thailand and appears to have a faith in God, or atleast an interest in posting about God. So here's the question... in the big picture does it matter if a tangible connection is made? I of course would enjoy knowing this person's story, situation and perspective, but The Hobbit’s blog is rather sparse at the moment. But as a fellow believer, I'm just appreciative for the connection, so I could share the follow post with you all.
Thank you Hobbit, whoever you are. I (we?) would all love to hear from you. Thanks for sharing such an insightful post.

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 God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups...Enjoy your coffee! “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

( via the The Hobbits )

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Anonymous Liz Ness said...

Oh wow! I love the post (it's a great one to pass along...so real world and understandable)! Thanks for sharing, Barry.

5:22 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

"A couple have become friends..."

YOU. Thanks Liz.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Rain Girl said...

beautiful thoughts... you know, I met the love of my life through blogs.. :) and some best friewnds too :)

and umm.. may i please copy the coffee story to my blog? it's beautifl..n i will link you up...

thanks so much.. :)

5:23 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Rain Girl.

Of course you can share this! That's cool that you've met so many people via blogging. I appreciate you stopping by and I wish you well.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Liz Ness said...

Thanks Barry! You know I feel the same.

Someday, maybe our non-virtual paths will cross and I'll have the honor of meeting you, your wife, and your child(ren?) in person!

All the best and a happy Thanksgiving, too!

10:31 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

It's gonna seem weird having Thanksgiving AGAIN this year. While in Costa Rica, we made a traditional US dinner for 100 people. They consisted of government officials, foster families and Casa Viva staffers. We brought much of the food in our 2nd suitcase which we all left behind. Things like canned cranberries, , etc. And Liz, I am thankful for so much this year. That includes how often you take time to comment about my posts. That means a lot to me. Thanks for your friendship and happy Thanksgiving to you too.

9:57 PM  

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