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  • After a 20 year school reunion, a group of students decided to pay a visit to their old professor.
    The professor prepared coffee and poured it into different cups made of different materials ranging from plastic and clay to fine china. He watched with amusement as the students chose the better cups and then started eyeing each other's cups.

    'I poured the same coffee into different cups,' said the professor 'yet you chose the cups on the basis of how it looked. The container you drink from doesn't change the taste of the beverage does it? Then how does it matter what type of cup it is?'

    'And life's like that,' he added, 'it is normal to want the best for yourselves and that is the source of your problems and your stress.'

    'Life is like 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.  While you pursue the fine cups, be sure to keep focus on enjoying the coffee!'

    I don't know what the ex-students thought of the story. I thought it was profound.

    But the next day I read a report about how food tastes better when used with heavy crockery and cutlery. The colour of the plate can also affect its taste, according to a psychologist at Oxford University. Volunteers who ate a strawberry dessert from a white plate thought it tasted better than the ones placed on a black plate.

    Did I hear someone snigger and say 'There's no accounting for taste?'

    I think I'll make myself a cup of coffee. Should I pour one for you too? Would you prefer porcelain, steel or glass?
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