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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Life is coffee

It used to be a rule of thumb for my girlfriends and I to put our classmate Jose Allan Garcia on "ignore mode" back in grade school. Allan was voted "unwanted" for being class bully.

After about two decades, Allan is never the same person again. In a class reunion last December, our roads crossed once more, and led to the realization that we all had gone through painful stages to metamorphose into the very beautiful person we are being called for. Allan was apologetic for his so-called "misdeeds and misfits" and explained on his poor class deportment back then. He said his inner struggles and his marriage changed him a lot. And we noticed that some things were never the same again.

Recently, Allan posted a note at our Yahoogroup, and this has come to arrest my attention. The class bully that I once knew had etched across our yahoogroup message box a note on a life of simplicity and contentment, coffee being employed as a metaphor to a purpose-driven life. Read on.

Allan posted: "A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together tovisit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned intocomplaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, thelecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee andan assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

"When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said: "Ifyou noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leavingbehind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to wantonly the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems andstress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but youconsciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups."Now, if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society arethe cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, but the quality oflife doesn't change."Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffeein it."Don't let the cups drive you...enjoy the coffee."

Choose coffee, not the cup

Life has remained to be very, very, very beautiful despite the backbreaking round of drudgery. It isn't life that is complicated, as how some would want it to appear. Man has chosen to make it complicated. Life has always offered us serenity and tranquility. Man has chosen not to understand differences. Life has never been that painful. Man has chosen war to settle conflicts. Life is meant to be lived in love. Man has chosen indifference.

The message of the Resurrection is for us to choose coffee, not the cup. Choose to know that there are those who love and that understanding will always be there, even when we feel most alone. Choose to give a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile every day of our lives. Realize that what we feel we lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another. Choose to see our future as one filled with promises and possibilities by learning to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

Choose to determine one's self-worth, and not be dependent on another's judgment of one's accomplishments. Choose to feel love and be loved! Choose to feel we are blessed, as our souls were already redeemed by amazing grace! Happy Easter, everyone!

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1/18/2007 07:59:00 AM | Anonymous Paul said....   

THe article, "Life is a Coffee," is a very realistic and practical example as to how men see life today i.e., that we have been invariably blinded by myriads of concealments in the world. Life is a coffee, its not the cup...ty