Life is Like Hot Chocolate

coffee-mugs.jpgI don’t usually read email forwards, but this one from my friend Megan Dyson was short enough to skim.Β  It caught my attention and I read it two, three, then four times.Β  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, what a blessing!

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.

How will YOU enjoy the hot chocolate?


  1. With you πŸ™‚

  2. Awww. It’s TRUE! April and I talk offline a LOT and keep each other in line. Who do I call when I’m all “boo hoo, life sucks”? April.

    I think that’s a great point- your true friends don’t care if your cup is fancy or not. Nor do they care when your cup fades, chips or even breaks- they’re still there with you sippin’ the hot chocolate. πŸ™‚

  3. What does it mean if you prefer to drink your hot chocolate out of a half empty bottle of Irish whiskey?

  4. Todd, it means you live in a crack house πŸ™‚

  5. errr whiskey house. it means you enjoy life through the lens of a drunken stupor. πŸ™‚

  6. So insightful – Nice post!

  7. Christy, I’m glad you enjoyed it. This fits in nicely with April’s consistent theme about being a good role model and the story is easy for the younger (5yr+) to understand because it’s tangible. Reading your blog, I can see that this article is totally you! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the positive feedback!

  8. Wonderful story! πŸ™‚ Very thought provoking. πŸ™‚

  9. Glad you enjoyed, Morgan! πŸ™‚

  10. A very good reminder of the simple, critically important, yet highly overlooked parts of our lives: those that actually make us happy on the long run πŸ™‚ Great story!

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