It never ceases to amaze me how fast the year goes by! What a year this has been for me. I just finished writing my second book of the year, had several of my pets die and I’m in the process of starting a new program to help people really transform their lives. I remember Miguel telling me the students push the teacher as much as the teacher pushes the students. How true! My life continues to change, expand and get more magical as I continue my inner explorations.

I love my life and smile when I begin to work with a new student. One of their questions is usually, “How long will this take?” I use to ask the same thing, but now I just enjoy the process so much that I don’t care about how long it takes. As I have said so often before, “Life is and then we tell ourselves a story.”

Someone e mailed this story the other day so I thought I would pass it along. And by all means stop and smell the coffee! I’ve seen it in many places on the internet and never seen it credited to the author.

The coffee by Sanjiv Sharma

A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together
for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to
complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general. . .

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned
with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic,
glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.

Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor
quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering. . .

”You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first,
leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only natural for you to
want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your
stress-related problems.”

He continued. . .”Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In
fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you
really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups. . .
Then you began eyeing each other’s cups. . .”

”Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely
cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have
does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by
concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that is provided us. . .
God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your coffee!”

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of
everything they have. . .
So please remember:
Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

And remember –
The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

Life is and then we can tell ourselves a story in which we enjoy and savor all of life or a story in which we will be happy when – we have more money, have a relationship, job you love, you thinner, have bigger muscles and on and on and on.

When are you going to be willing to be happy with what is????? When will you be willing to enjoy the coffee even if the cup is all chipped and someone else’s cup looks better?

With love and aloha,

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