Sunday, December 7, 2008

Too sweet not to share

The Wisdom in 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!!

* My Nessa sent this to me ~ Author unknown


  1. A great message.

    I've seen something like this at some other place. The message is still fresh, true and important.

    Enjoy the hot chocolate in your life. I try to do that every minute. One of these days I will get better at it.

  2. That was WONDERFUL and so true. May your hot chocolate bring you joy in which ever cup it is served.

  3. Isn't it the truth? We think that things will make us happy and they can't. Relationship is what makes us happy and content! And it is there for whom ever will take it. So easy, and yet we try so hard.

  4. great post I love this message every time I read it!
    I will enjoy the hot chocolate in my life!

    big hugs and love

  5. The message was not lost on me. It is a good one.

    To the example of cups for the hot chocolate, I enjoy pretty cups and pretty plates. They don't have to be expensive, just pretty or interesting.
    It is true that the taste of hot chocolate is not made better by the container, but the visual makes it more enjoyable for me. Add some butter cookies with a good book and the enjoyment is complete.