Once upon a time, there was a Coffee Shop. It was founded by a Man and a Woman, who loved each other. They were thrilled to see their coffee shop, brewing its first coffee after the hard roasting days. After a few initial fails, the coffee shop finally stood on its feet, starting to explore the outside world. The Partners were scared to leave their baby alone, but they finally did, when they realised that the coffee shop could face the world. Their own experiences told them that ‘Only Reality can teach you to Live’.
Many people began to visit the coffee shop. The staff worked diligently to deliver every coffee with love. The shop was warm and kept learning. It wanted to grow, earn for itself and give back to its Founders who had given their everything to it.
But No Journey is Easy
Like every other coffee shop, this one faced its own problems. Sometimes the customers were too less, or they were too many to handle. There were times the shop was tired but still had to go on because who else would give it money to sustain. It had big dreams, dreams that were powerful but needed a foundation to be laid daily. Even the internal staff argued within itself, sometimes judging their own capabilities. But at the end of the day, when the lights went out, the shop was satisfied that it had followed its path, done the right things, believing that tomorrow there will be new opportunities and new beginnings.
Two customers were a regular
Every business, if done right, has a set of customers that are utmost loyal to them. Like friends and families. The Coffee shop welcomed all of his customers, treated them well and was loyal to them. It was two of the customers that intrigued it the most. For the sake of convenience, let’s name them Good Days and Bad Days. The shop and its staff loved Good Days for a very peculiar reason: Though he was warm and loving and happy and jovial, it always seemed to bring a lot of other customers with itself. They loved him; so much that people seemed to try new varieties of coffees, refer their services to other customers and spend days at the shop. Even small errors and mistakes were overlooked, believing every ounce of the management.
On the other hand, Bad Days was like a customer – deterrent. It was always cranky, complaining about how everyone was mean to it, irritated to not find the perfect balance of coffee and milk and so on. The coffee shop would ask his other customers to wait; they even offered discounts when Bad Days was at his table, but the same people opted for the coffee shop in the next lane.
The surprising part was that the Coffee shop did not have any control over who walks in the door. It was open for all, which means Bad Days could come in anytime, just like Good Days.
The coffee shop noticed in some time, that the Bad Days stayed a tad bit longer than the Good Days, which always seemed to be in a hurry. Moreover, never had there been a time when Good Days and Bad Days came in at the same time.
The Coffee shop wanted to talk to the two customers; no doubt it wanted its good lads to stay because they brought in money. They made him popular. They gave it the validation it was searching for, and now Bad Days was threatening it. It needed to do
Coffee Shop arranged for a meeting
“Why doesn’t Good Days stay more often while I keep seeing you, Bad Days, more than I want to?”
‘Everybody wants, no, needs Good Days. During your Good Days, everyone likes you, believes you. They love, trust and looks upon you. You become great; the most admired individual. You see prosperity in your professional and personal life. You become successful with Good Days by your side.
“How many people sat with you when you had me in your life? Out of the entire fan
clubyou think you have for yourself, how many endured my complaining and irritation, but did not leave your side?”
“I show you the mirror which you or anyone, clearly avoids. I am the reality of life. You always favour Good Days and Happiness, but they come with an expiry date. They leave behind their hangover that you now have to cope with. Of course you get to live your moment and you achieve your dreams and you see yourself where you wanted to be. But how long does that last for – moments, days, weeks?”
Happiness wears off as easily as a new piece of clothing. I am the skin you have to live with, accept and celebrate. Because, once you accept the Bad Days, you can celebrate the Good Days.
If you think I stay long or visit you more than often…..
A shining armor has never seen bloodshed. A polished boat has never been through a storm. And a happy, good life doesn’t shape your personality.
Some people have everything – the riches, the luxury, yet crave to leave a mark. Some others have absolutely nothing – they turn that into countless opportunities.
Keep going because the path I have for you, will take you to the opportunities you need. And you will create something so beautiful and powerful that people would want to be YOU.’
And so, the coffee shop went back to roasting its beans, serving coffee, while finding opportunities to rise above the average. Every once in a while, it would raise a cup to the Bad Days who continued to visit more often than Good Days.
After all, it had brought with itself one thing nobody could: Purpose.