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Thursday, February 20, 2014


There is a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, Italy, the city of lights and water.

A man enters the shop, calls the waiter and places his order saying, “Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.”

It is interesting to observe that he is served with one cup of coffee but he has paid for two. When he leaves, the waiter puts a piece of paper on the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee”.

After a while, two other men enter and order three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They have two cups of coffee but pay for three and leave. This time also, the waiter does the same; he puts a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee”.

After a few days, a man poorly dressed enters. As he seats himself, he looks at the wall and says, “One cup of coffee from the wall.”

The waiter serves coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man has his coffee and leaves without paying. The waiter takes off a piece of paper from the wall and throws it in the trash bin.

The matter is very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town is amazing!

Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him… he only looks at the wall, places an order for himself, enjoy his coffee and leaves.

A truly beautiful thought. Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere!

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