Wake up and smell the coffee – Part II

Wake up and smell the coffee – Part II

Recently I received an invitation to watch a video entitled, “Wake up and smell the coffee”. This video uses the analogy of coffee and different styles of cups to exhort us to breathe in the joys of life (the coffee) rather than pursue money, status and position (the cups). By using a variety of cups, some exquisite, (China for example), some attractive for their aesthetic qualities, (colour, design etc) and some cheap and nasty, (like those made of plastic), it purported to show that when given the choice, naturally the majority would plump for the best or most appealing. However, in the pursuit of the better things in life, we forget that those things do not define, nor change, the quality of life we live. “Sometimes by concentrating on the cups, we fail to enjoy the coffee”.

For many, this is an option they don’t have. Poverty affects every region of the world, and the latest statistics tell us 2.7 billion people are living on less than $2 a day, while a further 1.1 billion are living on $1 a day or less. These are staggering statistics, which relegates their ‘statuses’ as inconsequential.

see: http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00282/over_world.htm

Unfortunately, while without doubt, it is true that many in the richest nations neglect life for our quest to ‘improve’ our position those huge numbers do not have such options. ‘Coffee’ comes in many varieties, and like life, it can be both pleasant and bitter. I personally am guilty of spending $1-$2 a day on a cup of coffee without even thinking about it. ‘Life’s chances’ are like a deck of cards, in that we are given no choice in the hand we are dealt, (i.e. it’s down to luck), and while we all should strive to make the best of our situations, for those who have little hope of improvement, it’s not so much as ‘smell the coffee’ more like ‘smell the shit’

Dangerous to the last drop: A funny (but true) story of the coffee bean tree

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/12/13/magazine/sunday-observer-dangerous-to-the-last-drop.html

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