A Nice Cup of Hot Chocolate
Some graduates of a school, with good jobs are discussing their lives at a school reunion celebration. They decided to visit their old professor, now retired, who was always a source of inspiration for them. During the visit, the discussion revolved around their grievances about work, life and relationships with others.
The professor brought them hot chocolate in a large tray, bringing many mugs made from various kinds of materials both expensive and cheap, beautiful and ugly. Then he invited them to help themselves. When everybody got a mug from the professor, he told them the following:
“I noticed that all of you preferred the beautiful and expensive mugs, leaving behind for other ugly and cheap mugs. It is natural for you to want the best for yourself, but this is exactly the cause of your problems.
The mug adds nothing to the quality of the chocolate. Usually, it is just more expensive and in some cases hiding what you drink. What you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the mug. But consciously, you all chose the best mugs. And very soon you begin to look and compare it with the other mugs…
Now consider this, work, money and jobs are the mug, it’s just the tools to keep your life going. The cup you have does not characterise nor change the quality of your life. Sometimes you tend to focus on the cup, not enjoying the warm chocolate – your life – that God gave you.
Always remember: God gives the hot chocolate, He never chooses the mug! The happiest people are not those who have the best things, but those who make the best with what they have.
Live simply, love generously, be interested in others sincerely, speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. And remember, the richest people are those who have the most, but those who need less!