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Sunday, January 06, 2013


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. He then told them all to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they each 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."

The happiest people don't need 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!!

~Author Unknown

Thanks for dropping by...
blessings and hugs to all......................lita

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHARON10002 1/23/2013 10:03PM

    What a great story! Of course, you had me at "Hot Chocolate" . . . emoticon

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    I loved the analogy! Thanks for the reminder about what is important! emoticon

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CATIATM 1/12/2013 4:49PM

    Excellent point, Lita! ... but I want the prettiest cup AND the best hot chocolate! emoticon

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SHIROIHANA 1/12/2013 1:01AM

    What a nice story. And I'm now craving hot chocolate,

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/11/2013 12:10AM

    Great perspective.

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NYARAMULA 1/8/2013 12:47AM

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing.

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SANDYW1945 1/8/2013 12:46AM

    So many responses. I'm adding mine too because I loved the blog! After many years of insanely long hours and being stressed and tired I'm enjoying retirement and the simple pleasures in life like sitting with my hubby, holding hands and talking about just anything or just playing with my dogs and enjoying their happiness or Skype -ing with my granddaughters and son.

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JUDITHANNIE 1/7/2013 8:20AM

  Awesome, thanks

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FLEMIDG 1/7/2013 12:51AM

    What a wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing.

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CELESTE2013 1/7/2013 12:44AM

    Wonderful words of wisdom! I appreciate the share!

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CHUBRUB3 1/6/2013 11:59PM

    Awesome Lita!!
So true!

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1AVERY 1/6/2013 11:39PM

    Again some words of wisdom. You always find the best articles and always at the best times. Have a GREAT new year. Teri

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/6/2013 8:24PM

    great story and so true!! Thanks Lita!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/6/2013 8:02PM

    I have read that story before but I really like it. And it's so true.

Thanks for posting it, Lita!

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ARIZONA33 1/6/2013 7:55PM

    Thanks for sharing and reminding us to reflect on the things that are important in our lives and not to worry so much about all the "bling" we try to accessories with just to keep up with the Jone's and our ideas of what a successful life means.

Life is truly about the quality of the relationships that we have and not about the things.

Thanks and have a wonderful New Year!

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WILLOW49 1/6/2013 7:46PM

    What a great story!

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2BDYNAMIC 1/6/2013 7:44PM

    Sometimes we need to be reminded, don't we? ............. emoticon Very nice to share ............... thanks!

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PATRICIAAK 1/6/2013 7:21PM

    good analogy

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BIGTHINKER_HD 1/6/2013 7:19PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes we forget the simplest things in life.



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DEBBYNATION 1/6/2013 7:18PM

    Read this b4 but it is still thought provoking!

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SPIRALDOWN 1/6/2013 7:11PM

    Thats a great story

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JACKIE542 1/6/2013 6:54PM

    This is a very nice blog, always makes me think, thank you again. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 1/6/2013 6:36PM

    This is so true.

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