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 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!
Check out the line of hot chocolate mixes with Country Gourmet Home.
#397 Orange Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Our rich comforting hot cocoa with a hint of creamy orange.
#398 Dark Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Our original hot cocoa mix with added dark chocolate bits for a rich dark chocolate flavor.
#419 Classic Delight Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Warm up your insides with our easy to make Gourmet Classic Delight Hot Cocoa.
#420 Black Forest Cherry Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Rich chocolate and luscious red cherry make this hot cocoa mix a rewarding delight.
#421 Snow Vanilla Hot Cocoa Mix ~ White chocolate hot cocoa mix is one of our seasonal favorites. A perfect addition to a snow day.
#422 Candy Land Mint Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Filled with chocolate and peppermint a classic favorite.
#423 Butterscotch Heaven Hot Cocoa Mix ~ Sweet chocolate and butterscotch hot cocoa mix.