Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hot Chocolate

It's been one of those days. . . . . However, it's not been "one of those days" for me. But it has been for my dad, whose grandson reformatted his computer's hard drive (grandson's name starts with "E" and rhymes with Reethan) and for my friend Kim who had her boat drop off her hitch near State Street and 300 East and put a nice dent in her truck.

With that kind of news, I offer you some Hot Chocolate:

Author Unknown:

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 went for the best cups... And then I noticed 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.

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.


Enjoy your hot chocolate!

7 comments:

tifertoes said...

Amen sister! I love that story, thanks for the reminder. I, too, have had "one of those days." But it is better now that I have regained some perspective. Suddenly, I am craving hot chocolate!!!

Island mama said...

Perfect timing, my friend!

Nikker Pikker said...

You know, you really have a talent for this Wendy. You should write a book. It was an excellent decision to blog. You have such personality and you express it so well! Thanks for entertaining me!

Wendy said...

I should clarify that the hot chocolate story is not my own . . . all the other stuff on this blog - I guess I have to claim. Hope you still enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

as your friend Kim, Thanks for the smile!

Tammy said...

Ah, Wendy....I could kiss you for this blog! It is so true!! Also true is the fact that you are an excellent blogger.....and you are on my bookmark bar. Not everyone can claim that!!!

Jaime said...

Love this.