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 others 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.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly… and enjoy your hot chocolate.

Thanks Jeff

10 responses to “Hot Chocolate

  1. That was wonderfully put and so very true. Thanks for that.

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  2. As I keep telling my brother, “On your deathbed, you’re not going to wish you’d spent more time at work.”

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  3. @ Cybe, I received it in an email and felt it worth passing on. Thank you for your appreciation.

    @ silverstar, That is very true. Life is for living. Work is a means to an end, not an end in itself.

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  4. This really made my day! Thanks.

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  5. Ian, we all need a little affirmation sometimes. If you needed some today, I am honoured to have supplied it.

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  6. What a truly wonderful story. It’s funny, because I own a fantastic chocolate shop and sooo many people fall in love with the packaging. I could care less about packaging. I’m more concerned with what’s in the package.

    Thank you for sharing this story.

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  7. So much of our greed is on a par with the primitives who were seduced by a few shiny baubles. By what measure do we rate ourselves less primitive?

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  8. What a brilliant post. Thanks, Archie.

    I was discussing the difference in happiness and contentment on another blog recently – in that happiness is being given what we want and contentment is having what we need. We need hot chocolate.

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  9. Can I steal this? I need a quick post and this is great x

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