The Wisdom in Hot Chocolate (Inspiration #5)


I heard somewhere that life gives you back more than you give.  This could not be more true since I started posting “Weekly Inspiration”  It seems for every inspirational story I post, I get 2 or 3 people sending me their favorite stories!  I happily add these to my collection and will probably end up posting most of them, so keep em’ coming!

The following story was sent to me by my friend Cindy.

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, 
were discussing their lives at a class reunion.  They decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired, who was always an inspiration to them.

During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work, lives and relationships.

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.  Some cups were porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He invited each to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand,
the professor shared his thoughts.

“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 are 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 each of you really wanted was hot chocolate.  You did not want the cup . . . 
but you consciously went for the best cups.”

“Now friends, please 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 does it change, the quality of life you are living.”

“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!!

This story is good but I would change the hot chocolate from being “life” to being “happiness”  This is only because I think that your job, money, and position in society do impact your life and contribute to making it what it is.  However, your job, money, and position do not necessarily make you happy.  I am not sure where I heard the following quote (and Google could not find it for me either) but I think it fits:  “Wealth is like health.  Having it does not make you happy, but not having it can make you miserable.”

We all need some sort of cup to hold our hot chocolate, and hopefully that cup is not dirty or too full of holes to be able to savor the happiness inside.

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