great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we
often shut our eyes and take for granted
the things that we should be thankful for. We
could learn from the wisdom of a retired professor from the following
A group of
graduates, well established in their careers,
were talking at a reunion and decided to go
visit their old university professor, now
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
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
And then you
began eyeing each other's cups.
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.
only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot
chocolate God has provided us.
the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups.
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!!"
hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and
the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy
and delight. Watch existence, listen to the existence and become part of