Cherish a person by who he/ she is as a human being , not by his status or position …. The surprises coming from the heart bring a great deal of joy to both the giver and the recipient through human connection… This playful work I hold “Coffee Dance” now delights me from this day on, because the artist Margarita Afanasjeva made a great surprise and gave it to me a marvellous piece of art. Every work of art has its own story and the feeling with what it is made is passed on to the viewers.
The idea of ”Coffee Dance”, made in a mixed technique, came at the time when Margarita was a great coffee enthusiast and she said that drinking coffee made her feel very good and positive …. What is the point of this story … just like every piece of art has its own story, so does every human being and if we take time to notice and listen to those who are closest to us, we will surprise ourselves with the richness of this world. Try to value and appreciate people first of all by who they are, not by their position, job title and / or “accepted” status in society …. because eventually will loose the title/ position, but the person who carries them lives (in most cases) longer than his/ her position 🙂 🙂
Here is a story I would like you to read “Life is Like a Coffe Cup”: 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 the 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 but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup itself doesn’t add to the quality to the coffee and in some cases even hides what we drink and yet you consciously went for the best looking cups.”
Then, he began eyeing each other’s cups.
With compassion, he added, “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!”