De' fliengde Vuogtlänn'r

Observations, rants, etc. from a guy who really gets around.


Hot Chocolate

(Hat tip to Mag, from whom I so shamelessly ripped it off.)

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.


At 01:08, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Reminds me of the Indiana Jones movie where Indie had to choose the cup of living water. He choose the plain, simple cup of a carpenters son where as the bad guy choose a more expensive looking cup. The knight told Indie, "you choose wisesly."

Great story. Check out the webpage that Bro. Sutton sent to us this morning..

At 20:40, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Lucy beat me to it; Well Done. We have a bit of cold weather, a cup of hot chocolate might be just the thing. Time to put the puppy in the wash room for the night so she won't get so cold. We have a heater in the garage' but when it gets down to the freeze mark we have to be more compassionate.

At 16:35, Blogger Daisy Paige said...

Jahn, I stole this from Deb's thread just this morning to put in the books I'm making my siblings for Christmas. I loved it!


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