Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hot Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers,
were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit
their old university professor,
now retired.

During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints
about stress in their work and lives. Offering his guests hot
chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large
pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass,
crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling
them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:
'Notice that all the nice looking;
expensive cups were taken,
leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves,
that is the source of your problems and stress.
The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing
to the quality of the hot chocolate.
In most cases it is just more expensive
and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate,
not the cup;
but you consciously went for the best cups...
And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate;
your job, money and position in society are the cups.
They are just tools to hold and
contain life.
The cup you have does not define,
nor change the quality of life you have.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup,
we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.
God makes the hot chocolate,
man chooses the cups.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything that they have.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly...

And enjoy your hot chocolate.


HiHoOhio said...

may I guess this came from the wonderful weekend you had????

Dancing Queen said...

hugs to priya & deven for an AWESOME first day of school!!

we were in your neck of the woods today having brunch & hoping to swim, but just as the kids changed, it began to look pretty blue & stormy, so the lifeguards closed the pool...the kids were soooo upset & disappointed all the way home! man, was that a long 30 minutes home!!

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

oh... our paster shared this once! i love it!

thank YOU for warm... chocolate... goodness this morning!

happy Monday!

Shalet said...

Just perfect!