Life

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  1. Landlubber
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    Life in a coffee cup

    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."
     
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  2. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Thank you Landlubber for retelling that story. - - - Much appreciated and appropriate for the times...
     
  3. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Sometimes, one is fortunate enough to find a delicate flavoured coffee that was from plants carefully nurtured and grown above 5000ft, in fertile natural soils with no chemicals (no fertilizer, pesticides or other man-made treatments) from carefully selected ripe red cherries, processed, sun dried then in the roasting process the outer layers of the bean were not burnt (burning makes the flavour bitter - and seemingly stronger as the aroma is more intense, but the pallet detects a bitterness - sometimes favoured by drinkers from the Mediterranean region),

    Unburned Coffee has a delicate aroma and exquisite taste that should be savoured and sought after as it is rare and valuable - Have you found this paradise? protect and nurture what you have found, it is a rarity...
     
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