Smile and Life

I liked this small story and thought of sharing with you all. Take some time …

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 hot 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 each of 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 best cups and were 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. Some times, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So, don’t let the cups drive you… enjoy the coffee instead……….

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who
receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a
moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so
rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so
poor but that he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters Good Will in
business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest
to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad; and
it is Nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is
something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of
yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to


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