By Megan Gebhart
While Megan Gebhart graduated university in 2011, she knew she couldn't renounce herself to existence at an aimless 9-to-5 activity hiking the company ladder. So as a substitute, she challenged herself to have a unmarried cup of espresso with a distinct individual a week for a 12 months to determine what classes she might find out about lifestyles and careers.
What began as a wierd, unconventional, and a bit of awkward test quickly reworked right into a 12 months packed with event, problem, braveness, and private growth.
Whether she's grabbing a grande espresso with a former Starbuck's vp, discussing recess politics with a primary grader, or debating expertise with the co-founder of Apple, Megan's enthusiasm and empathy coax the simplest recommendation from each stroll of life.
As an entire, fifty two Cups of espresso chronicles one younger woman's bold and heartfelt first foray into existence after collage. individually, every one cup gives you an everyday dose of inspiration—a ideal pairing for a morning cup of joe.
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Krishnamurti: First of all, are you aware of your conscious desires? Do you know what desire is? Do you know that you do not listen to somebody who says something contrary to what you believe? Your desire prevents you from listening. You desire God. Somebody says to you that God is not the outcome of your frustrations and fears; it is something quite different. Will you listen to him? Of course not. You want one thing, and the truth is something else. You shut yourself within your own desires; gradually, you are half conscious of your own desires, you are closed in.
In a former life, I have lived nobly and therefore I am rewarded, and therefore I have plenty of wealth, saris and position! Or, I have acted very badly in a former life, I am paying for it in this life! You see this is really a very complex problem. It is the fault of society, the society in which the greedy and the cunning exploit and rise to the top. We also want the same thing, we also want to climb the ladder and get to the top. So long as everybody wants to get to the top, what happens? We tread on somebody; and the man who is trodden on, who is destroyed, asks `Why is life so unfair?
Why do older people do puja? I do not know, you do not know and they do not know. They do it, because their fathers have done it and also because they think it gives them a certain feeling, certain sensations, because it makes them quiet. They chant some shlokas. They feel that if they do not do it, they are lost. Therefore, they do it. And you young people copy them and your imitation begins. If the teacher goes into it, thinks about it - which very few people do - if he really uses his intelligence - which is to investigate, to question and not to be prejudiced - then he will find there is no meaning in it.
52 Cups of Coffee: Inspiring and insightful stories for navigating life's uncertainties by Megan Gebhart