Good idea to adopt? -
Coffee on the Wall
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee
shop in a neighbouring town of Venice (Italy), the city of
lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered
and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter
and placed his order saying, ‘Two
cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.’
We heard this order with rather interest and
observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he
paid for two.
As soon as he left, the waiter pasted a piece
of paper on the wall saying ‘A Cup of Coffee’.
While we were still there, two other men
entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table
and one on the wall. They had the two cups of coffee but
paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the
same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, ‘A
Cup of Coffee’. It was something unique and perplexing
for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.
After a few days, we had a chance to go to
this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a
man poorly dressed entered. As he seated himself, he looked
at the wall and said, 'One cup of coffee from the wall'.
The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary
respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without
paying were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off
a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dust bin.
Now it was no surprise for us the matter was very clear. The
great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this
town made our eyes well up in tears.
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 looked at the wall,
placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left
Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see