Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Wisdom In The 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!!

Have a great day. Lisa


Patti said...

Great post and so true!!!

Nancy said...

clearly spoken and so true, we must make the most of what God has provided.

Mimi said...

great post...

now I have a craving for some hot chocolate...

see ya later!

Tammy said...

Lisa, I love this story...wonderful lesson!


Lisa, I hope that I can always see the good that God provides for me in everything that He send my way. Thanks for the good post. connie

Debbie said...

This would be a great example to use during one of my teaching lessons! Thanks so much! Also, I want to thank you for the nice comments about my blog! You are so sweet!