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If Life Were a Cup of Tea
February 2009

Let me tell you a story. A group of alumni went 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 hot 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 each of you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other's cups."

This happens. Consciously or subconsciously, we are eying each other's cup.

What about life? If only life were a cup of tea of coffee. But it isn't. You cannot always have the best porcelain cups. Sometimes you have to be content with the paper ones.

Cups break. You replace them. Tea gets cold. You refill another cup. On wintry mornings, you long for fresh aroma of coffee or tea and gladly accept refills.

Too bad you have only one life. There are times when you cannot help but think if you have to live it all over again...if only you had that option... if only you can change cups...if only you can get a refill. Unfortunately, the option does not exist. You cannot get a refill of life. You have to make the best of what is left; either you drink it graciously or throw it away. That's life. You have to learn to live your decisions. So whatever decisions you take, think them over seriously. Just remember, life and love is a deal and all deals must be respected. You cannot throw it away like cold coffee or broken china.

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