The Wisdom In Hot Chocolate1
A group of middle-aged friends, well-established in their careers, were talking at a recent class reunion. When one of them mentioned an old professor they had all had in college, who was now retired but living close to campus, they decided to pay him a visit. He had always been a great inspiration and they knew they would enjoy reminiscing about the years back in school. During their visit the conversation turned to complaints about the stress of their lives, work, and relationships. After listening to them for some time, the professor offered his guests some hot chocolate. He went into the kitchen and in a few minutes returned with a large pot of chocolate and an assortment of cups. Some were porcelain, others glass, some crystal. Some were plain looking while others were exquisite and expensive. He invited each of his guests to help themselves to the chocolate. When they all had a cup in hand, the professor shared his thoughts. He noted that all the nice looking and expensive cups had been chosen leaving the plain and cheap ones behind. The professor said “while it is normal for each of us to want only the best for ourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress”. The cup 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, hides what we drink. What each of you really wanted was hot chocolate. You didn’t want the cup… but you consciously went for the best cup. It wasn’t long until you begin to eye one another’s cup.
Now friends, 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 or change the quality of life you are living. Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. Remember this… God brews the hot chocolate; He does not choose the cup. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have! Live simply, love generously, care deeply, and speak kindly… and leave the rest to God. And remember this… the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. Enjoy your hot chocolate!