Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ponder on this

This has been sitting in my inbox for more than 6 years now and I want to share it with you.

(that’s my cup of hot and creamy coffee right there – posted on my other blog)

A Cup of Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University of Notre Dame lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an 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:

“If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for 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 better cups and are eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change.”

“Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

Comments that warm the heart

I seldom receive comments from my blog post, so when I did, it really made my heart skip with gladness (it’s like hearing the melodious sound of autoharps) and gratitude for those who make time to read and comment. I’m specially talking about the daughter of Tiya Dely (Dely Magpayo). She was thankful for the kind remarks I wrote about her mom. I actually wrote the article several years ago for a daily publication. When I started this blog, I intend to include Tiya Dely’s story as one of the articles worth remembering the grand dame of Philippine radio by. Didi, Tiya Dely’s daughter even invited me to listen to the radio program every Sunday which they dedicate to her mom.

Company privileges

Stretching every single peso I worked hard for is something that I need to perfect until now. It’s difficult to manage an already limited budget to begin with. I need to cut corners in order to replace some basic necessities like the food in our pantry. If you belong to the working class, some companies offer discounted items like appliance and even food stuff at employee price. It’s one of the privileges that I missed after resigning from my old job.