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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 God has provided us." God brews the coffee, not the cups..........
Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the
best of everything." Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak
kindly. Leave the rest to God.

I am not intending to lecture anyone here. I read this in another place and thought it made a lot of sense and just wanted to share it. I wish at times I was a good enough man to do what the last paragraph states daily.

May you all have a Merry Christmas and if lucky get to hug all your loved ones and than go for a Christmas ride...

Ross Randall
 

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Merry Christmas to you and your family.
May you always have that which you value the most close to you.

Dave and Nanette Davis :xmas1:
 

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No truer words were ever spoken!

Merry CHRISTmas 5Ross!!!
 

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Great post Ross. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May the new year bring HEALTH and happiness to all.
 

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Thank You Ross

Enjoying my coffee from an Alladdin Travel Mug I have had for 15 years, this wonderful morning of the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas to you all. And a magnificient New Year.
 

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Beautiful, Ross!
Thank you for sharing this. I hope this finds you and your family well, happy, and enjoying a wonderful Christmas. Hope to see you all New Year's Day!

Becky
 

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What a wonderful message, thanks for sharing Ross!

Merry Christmas everyone :xmas1:

Barry & Margie
 

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I Believe In Father Christmas --- ELP

They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winter's light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell
And eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a Silent Night
And they told me a fairy story
'Till I believed in the Israelite
And I believed in Father Christmas
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes
'Till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah Noel be it Heaven or Hell
The Christmas we get we deserve
 

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Cups

Ross,

You forgot to mention that one of the cups was a Butler, just to keep it motorcycle related.

Merry Christmas to you and to all.

A child is born and we celebrate the the birth of our savior.

You just can't say it any plainer than, "One Country Under God", no matter what the Supreme Court or WalMart says about it.

Thank you for sharing this lesson with us and have a very healthy, happy and blessed New Year.
 

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Mine is an old plastic cup all beat up but it is full and the coffee is great! Merry Christmas!
 

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5Ross said:
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us." God brews the coffee, not the cups..........
Enjoy your coffee!
All these years I've been seeing the cup as half full and now you tell me it's not the cup that matters but what's inside it. I'm so confused. :wink: :p

Merry Christmas to all.

Ross,
Weather is not looking good for a ride on New Years day. 34 for a high with snow and rain mix. :snow1: Still hope to see you though. :D
 

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I read this while drinking from my 15 year old Texaco travel cup that my practice wife bought for me. It's old, the logo is mostly missing and my wife doesn't care that the ex-wife bought it so many years ago. It's the coffee that matters...

Very good story!
 

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Don't like coffee, having my orange juice. Merry Christmas Ya'll. :D
 

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very good story but to b honest i hate plastic cups for coffee

merry Christmas and happy new year

i hope u and Polecat have a nice ride to Michigan for new years
 

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cycledude said:
very good story but to b honest i hate plastic cups for coffee

merry Christmas and happy new year

i hope u and Polecat have a nice ride to Michigan for new years
CD.

I am hoping we can make it up there on the cruisers also, but I think the weather is going to throw us a curve. :wink: :wink: Not really though as I have been riding a lot more this early winter than I have ever been able to. I have 650 miles on the vulcan and I have added another 700 plus since Thanksgiving on the Goldwing. Life has really been great so far.

Ross
 

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Great post Ross, I do find myself much more concerned about the "coffee" than the cup. While a nice "cup" is not a bad thing, the "coffee" should be the focus!! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays to all!! Hope to see you on New Years Day, we will be there in the cage looking to spend some time with some good folks!!!
 
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