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Life is Like a Coffee Cup


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In Athens, 388 BC Plato called on the City Fathers to banish all storytellers from the city for the “safety” of the citizens. You see, Plato was afraid of the power of stories. He knew that storytellers influenced people by concealing powerful concepts in entertaining yet deceptively simple stories. Plato also knew that concealing an idea within a story magnified the power of that idea far beyond simply sharing the idea alone.

The reason is that stories mirror the way we think.

We literally think in narrative structures – whether it’s talking about our day, connecting with a friend, or reflecting on our experiences – and because of this, stories imprint themselves into our brains naturally.

Stories are how we understand best.

The ironic thing is, even though I’ve created the #1 Spiritual Stories website online… I was never really interested in writing stories. Seriously. :)

That’s actually changed, and soon I’ll share with you how I went from having never written a story, to empowering others to write stories and make meaningful changes in their own life stories.

Your partner in spiritual growth,
Chris Cade

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9 Responses to “Life is Like a Coffee Cup”

  1. Monica says:

    “life is like a cup of coffee” is a great video, reminding us that appearences don’t make us happy. It’s not the new car, the glamorous dress or the expensive vacation that make us happy but the love and harmony inside us and the way we share that inner peace with the world.

    Thanks a lot.
    Monica

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  2. Kathy says:

    Wow, that was simply beautiful. I want to send it to everyone I know.
    Thank you!

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  3. Selene says:

    BE yourself that is what makes you happy. Make yourself happy by worrying about what you think of you NOT what others think of you.

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  4. Leila says:

    A good reminder of something easy to forget. Thanks.

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  5. Michael says:

    Sorry, but I’m having a problem getting this analogy to work for me. I love taking the time to experience a wonderful cup of coffee, but NOT from a cheap paper cup. It’s NOT the coffee that we want, it’s the experience of having a cup of coffee, and the type of cup you drink from absolutely affects that experience. The same is true of the job that I choose. Yes, my job is a chalice in which to experience life, but the type of job I choose and where I choose to work will absolutely affect how I experience life in that job. I left a horrible work environment to start my own business, and it has made all the difference in how I experience life. If you want to experience life to the fullest, then DON’T settle for a cheap paper cup for your coffee. Choose the cup that your life experience deserves.

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  6. Fredrik says:

    Michael, I totaly agree. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
    To go after paper cups is going after mediocrity and is NOT something to strive for. Goals, decision, plans, taking action and NOT just settling for “paper cups” is in my opinion the key to satisfaction, happiness and purposeful living.

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  7. Chris Cade says:

    I agree entirely :)

    You bring out some great points that I think a lot of people overlook when they read this story / watch the video. Many people think that the message is that we “shouldn’t” want the good things, or that the “good things” don’t affect our experience.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the choices we make in life have a significant impact on our happiness. I prefer to have things in life that I enjoy – such as a purposeful source of income, eating organic when possible, and even something as simple has being able to drink water out of my stainless steel container.

    However, in any given moment I am also aware that while I enjoy those experiences, not to mistake them as the source of my happiness. In my experience, the most important choice that affects my long-term my happiness is merely the choice to be happy – regardless of the metaphorical cup.

    If I’m traveling and can’t have my stainless steel cup or organic food, I still have the choice whether or not to enjoy and be happy with what life presents to me.

    That’s really I think the core message of the story – not that it says we shouldn’t have or want the finer things in life, just that we need to be aware that we have the choice of attitude and focus regardless of whether we drink from fine china or paper cups.

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  8. Michael says:

    Chris,

    Best wishes for your new Spiritual Stories website! What you are doing is very important. I just recently became aware of the power of stories in our lives. It’s a fascinating area with broad implications for spiritual development. I wish you the best in what you are doing.

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  9. Avinash says:

    Really one of the best Stories..i hope this video message reachs to each and every one in the world…
    i am adding this video to all my websites..and hope i can change a bit of people..

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