September 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
October 2008 Theme
Adventures in Books
Citizen and Showman
ONE LAST THING
The Wisdom of Hot Chocolate
A friend's E-mail
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
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 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 God has provided us.
God makes 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!!
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