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有一校友聚會,都是社會上的精英們,大夥一同去拜訪大學的老教授。談話聊天的內容逐漸成為抱怨工作與生活上的無盡壓力。。。

老教授從廚房準備咖啡招待客人,他端出一大壺咖啡與許多各式各樣的杯子:有瓷器,塑膠,玻璃,水晶,有些杯子很普通,有些杯子看來很昂貴,有些很獨特。老教授安靜地請大家自己選擇杯子享用新鮮的咖啡。 

當這些以前的學生們都已經拿到咖啡,老教授清清喉嚨緩慢的說了。。。“你們可以發現大家都先選擇比較好的杯子,剩下比較普通便宜的杯子。這雖然是很自然的現象,一般人都會選取對自己最好的事物,但這正是你們感受到壓力的來源。” 老教授繼續說了。。。“事實是,杯子並不會增加咖啡的美味。實際上,杯子的作用不過是裝盛飲料而已。你們想要享用的是咖啡,而非杯子,但是大家本能地選擇眼前最好的杯子。。。並且眼神還會端詳別人手中的杯子。。。”

現在想一想:生活是咖啡。工作,金錢,與社會地位都只是杯子。這些只是修飾與裝盛生活的工具,而且這些杯子的種類不會改變我們生活的本質。經常,因為太專注於杯子的好壞,我們忘記真正的享受咖啡了。

好好享受你的咖啡吧!最快樂的人並非擁有最好的事物,他們只是將所擁有的事物美化。。。

請記住,簡單地生活,大方地付出愛心,真誠地關心,善良地言語。其他的,就留給生命自然發展。

記住,最富有的,並非擁有最多的人,而是需求最少的人。

- 原作者不詳,翻譯:ZY Zhan, Summer night, 2009

- 原文如下,來自一位好友的email.

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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.
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. Leave the Rest to life itself. And remember - the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
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