The Cup of Coffee – Moral Story

A lecturer came to his class and surprised his students by bringing a Cup of Coffee.

He held it up for all to see & asked the students “What do you think is the weight of this Cup?”

’50gms!’ …. ‘100gms!’ …..’125gms’  the students answered.

“Frankly speaking I haven’t yet weighed it” said the lecturer, “but, my question is:  What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”

‘Nothing’ …..the students said.  

‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the lecturer asked.

‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student “You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!”  ventured another student & all the students laughed “Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the Cup change?” asked the lecturer.

‘No‘…. Was the answer.

“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”

The students were puzzled.

“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked the lecturer again.

“Put the cup down!” said one of the students

“Exactly!” said the lecturer.

Life’s problems are something like this.

Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.

Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache.

Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.

Moral: Everyday we face so many problems in life that if we hold each and everyone of them, our life will be paralyzed. Its important to think about the solutions to the problems but also important to keep it down before we sleep so that we can start fresh the next day.

33 Responses to The Cup of Coffee – Moral Story

  1. Roderick April 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM #

    I think I’ll go make some coffee!

    • Ali - Admin April 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      Make one for me too 🙂

  2. Wasim August 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM #

    May Allah solve problems of all of us and guide us on the right path…aamin

    • Ian October 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM #


  3. Mai Saad January 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM #


  4. nataliekean09 January 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM #

    every morning comes with a new hope . I am impressed by your writing .

  5. draniqa January 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

    good content , i am really inspired after reading this article.

  6. Guest December 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

    its the lack of movement of the arm muscles that cause poor blood circulation and eventually cause injury to the muscles, making it begin to ache.

  7. Humayundaud December 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

    yeah, so when you leave your office today, dnt forget to ‘put the glass down’ …

  8. Hafsah December 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM #

    i did not get that!

  9. Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM #

    despite the small weight of the cup it can parallyze the man

  10. Eloseryi December 14, 2011 at 9:16 AM #

    impressive… one should always relieve himself/herself from revenge, hatred, anger, and envy and replace them with peace, love. forgiveness, and tolerance. Only then he/she lives in happiness and peace.

    • Sara December 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM #

      Rightly said Eloseryi!!

  11. Ali Ponjait December 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM #

    i love this moral story and read it before, but, there is a little mix up. The story start with cup of coffee and end with glass of water. Actual story was with glass water.

  12. Dr.maya December 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM #

    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing way to teach a lesson of life.

  13. Junedayz December 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM #

    very interesting.
    if you think if it this happens to your brain during working or school. keep studyng for 6 hours in school and come home and continue your brain wll drain itself and won’t be able to think.
    this is why i come here =) to have a break =D

  14. Medhat December 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM #

    plus when we put the cup down coffee begin to be cold by time and will not continue hot ………do you got it friends ?? thank you Sara .

    • Sara December 14, 2011 at 5:28 AM #

      Rightly said Medhat!!

  15. crazystuff December 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM #

    that was amazing

  16. Shakabansh5 December 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

    Good moral also need to read it and understand it well

  17. Myjadrawi December 13, 2011 at 7:31 PM #

    it was very nice moral story that enable each one who think about it compare it meaning with problem in our life and consequantly take its as much simple as possible

  18. Mubarek Alamin85 December 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM #

    and sometime my coffee looks like this….”‘????”/vismeter||||||1.2.3..4.5-1923-Bloodz

  19. Moonlight_3397 December 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM #

    it is very nice moral lesson should all of us don’t concentrate on our problems only in order to develop our life 

  20. Tamaraky December 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM #


    • Sara December 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

      Nice you liked it. Pls share it with others as well.

      • Mubarek Alamin85 December 13, 2011 at 6:39 PM #

        Mango shake would make this go long..

  21. Iamaiyaki December 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM #

    A serious moral lesson for do-or-die worriers

    • Mubarek Alamin85 December 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

      `~` it’s sound like the professor had lost his wallet….. IN treasure Pot ??

  22. Ahmed4046 December 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM #

    perfect moral

  23. Muhammad Amjad Ayub December 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM #

    Nice moral

  24. [email protected] December 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

    It.s very good solution to deel with your problems in life

  25. HAIDER ALI786 December 13, 2011 at 6:51 AM #


  26. Junedayz December 13, 2011 at 6:29 AM #

    very nice! i sometimes wonder if these are real stories =)