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Wisdom in Hot Chocolate

Ever wondered why contentment seems to elude man? When we get that which we’ve always wanted, we are happy and seemingly content for a while. But soon, we will find ourselves wanting something else. Our needs, our wants, just keep coming. We are never content.


I am sure you’ve heard that to live life to the fullest, we should concentrate only on the essentials. But how do we know which of the things we have, or want, are essential, and which aren’t, when we tend to measure life by the non-essentials that we have?


The following article, which was sent to me via email, illustrates this point very well.




Wisdom in Hot Chocolate

(Author Unknown)


A group of graduates, well-established in their career, were talking at a reunion and decided to 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 to 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 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 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 money, job, position in society are the cups. They are just the 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 made the hot chocolate; man chooses the cup. The happiest of people do not have everything. They make the best of everything they have.”



So, how’s your hot chocolate? Can you say, “it’s very good” and truly mean it?



16 comments on “Wisdom in Hot Chocolate

  1. Antonette
    July 22, 2008

    It’s very sweet:) Personally, as long as I could see and touch my loved ones, I could care less about the mundane:)

  2. virtualfriend
    July 22, 2008

    All I want is a cup that keeps my choco hot…, at least warm.


  3. brainteaser
    July 22, 2008

    Hey, ANTONETTE! Yay, oo girl. Tama ka diyan. Sobra…

    And VF. It’s being kept warm, Buddy. 🙂 Have no fear.

    Hey guys… it’s raining here… and I’m making hot choco drinks. Wanna join me? Have cookies, too. Tara!

  4. virtualfriend
    July 22, 2008

    Cookies or biscuits?

    I want ’em choco-chips ___ with a touch of cannelle, like the one we had in Makati eh?

  5. totaltransformation
    July 22, 2008

    I would be perfectly content if my hot chocolate came in a tin or wooden cup, as long as it had marshmallows in it.

    BTW, for some reason this post made me think about Indian Jones: the Last Crusade. Remember at the end when he has to choose the cup of Christ. It isn’t any of the ornate and elaborate chalices, but a rough wooden cup.

  6. hitokirihoshi
    July 22, 2008

    hello sherma!

    this entry is the sweet but unappreciated reality. for me, hindi dapat kinakalimutan ang humility and appreciation… because happiness or contentment ay nag-i-start sa mga yan. thanks for sharing this inspirational story! mabuhay!

    saya natin nung sat…mabuhay kay agda aabangan ko yan sa national at powerbooks

  7. sheasy
    July 22, 2008

    This lesson is also taught in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Fancy cups are poison!!

  8. Michelle
    July 23, 2008

    I’ve never heard this story before. We do this, don’t we? Choosing the best for ourselves and then looking around to see who has anything better.

    In the states we have a magazine, “Better homes and gardens.” It’s not enough to just have a home and garden, we need to constantly work of the “bettering” of it.

    hmmm…thanks, Sherma…again.

  9. Michelle
    July 23, 2008

    on* the “bettering”

  10. sonnetshaven
    July 23, 2008

    I want hot choco! Can I have some?:)

  11. brainteaser
    July 23, 2008

    @VF. MAs sosi ang cookies kesa a biskwit, Buddy! 🙂

    Hi, John. Me, I love my hot choco when it’s rich. Hmmm… hadn’t watched that movie! Waaaaah!

    @JANE. Girl, tama ka diyan. I love what you said on humility and appreciation. True. At hey, oo nga, di ko pa nagagawa yung Agdan! How about you, tapos mo na? Saya natin, sobra. Nagkasakit lang me that night! Waaaah!

    @MICHELLE. How are you? Yes, we do that, almost always. For some reason humans tend to compare themselves with others. I think that’s one of the reasons why we should always be on guard… when our flesh self starts doing what is detrimental to our spirit self. And about working on our betterment, I am reminded of the saying, “we are a work in progress.” So true.

    @SHEASY! Hi friend. Ah, I haven’t watched that movie. 😦 But I’m glad it’s being taught. More people will be reminded of what life really is about.

    God bless, friends!

  12. RainforestRobin
    July 24, 2008

    Oh so good to hear this. I love people who know this truth and live it. American society is so often focused very much on the cup and little on the hot chocolate. This is such a beautiful reminder and well told. Love some of the quotes here. Stellar. This whole post is a reflection of who YOU are. And you have always been the hot chocolate…always will be. Love, Robin

  13. soulMerlin
    July 24, 2008

    Very beautiful and very true Sherma. The sad thing is that people have stolen God’s gifts and sell them at a high price – that makes beggars of us all.


  14. hitokirihoshi
    July 24, 2008

    hindi ko pa nagagawa… nagtapos muna kami ng deadline at lagi ko ring nakakalimutan yung notes ni titser may….mabuhay sa atin nawa’y pumasa sa panlasa… title” si nenengbumabasahagdandahilsatutubi” ikli di ba? one word lang

  15. Birgit
    July 26, 2008

    Wow, this story is so good. The message is so beautifully told. Thanks and God bless.

  16. brainteaser
    July 27, 2008

    ROBIN. Warm hugs for you, my dear friend! 🙂 Yes, I so love the message of the story. And again, thank you. Very much.

    HENRY. So true, so true. Sad. 😦

    HITOKIRIHOSHI. Ako din, suwerrr! Need to work on it na. Otherwise, mawawala na yung idea!

    BIRGIT. Hello, friend. God bless you, too. TC.

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