The Teacups & the Tea

By Jeyasudha R

A group of prestigious university graduates visited their old professor. During the visit the conversation turned to work…. graduates were complaining about countless difficulties and problems of life. After offering tea to his guests, the professor went to the kitchen and came back with a tea pot and a tray, crowded with many different cups: porcelain, glass, plastic and crystalline.

Some cups were simple, other ones – expensive.

When the graduates picked out the cups, the professor said “Notice, how all the beautiful cups were picked out and the simple and cheap ones were left. And although it seems normal for you – wanting only the best things for yourself is the source of your problems and stress. You need to understand that the cup doesn’t make the tea better. Most of the time it’s only more expensive, but sometimes it is hiding what we are drinking. Actually, all that you wanted was the tea, not the cup. But you consciously chose the best cups, and then looked to see what cups others picked. Life is the tea. Your job, money, position, society…. they are the cups. They are only instruments for maintaining life. The type of cup doesn’t determine the quality of life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cups, we forget to enjoy the taste of tea. The happiest people are not those who have the best things, but those who enjoy life and make the most of what they have.”

Life is simple and beautiful…

Enjoy and Cherish the memories…

By Jeyasudha R


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