water in the cup
作者 :  张超

  A group of students got together to visit their teacher. The teacher was happy to see them, and their talking soon turned into complaints1 about their difficulties in studies and life.
  The teacher just smiled and went to the kitchen to get all kinds of cups―some porcelain2, some plastic, some glass, some looking plain3 and some looked rather expensive and beautiful. The teacher offered his students the cups to get drinks for themselves.
  When all the students had a cup in hand with water, the teacher spoke, “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you wanted was water, not the cup, but you all went for the better cups.”
  Just like in life, if life is water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold life, but the quality of life doesn’t change. If we only concentrate4 on the cup, we won’t have time to enjoy the water in it.

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