It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 2, Book 17

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything

November 2nd

I’m thankful that I have everything I need

There is a story that has been told about a group of alumni, highly established in their careers, who got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, 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.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, 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 coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee the good Lord has provided us.

The more you cherish what already is, the more you’ll be able to do with it.

Ralph Marston


Martha said...

I totally agree! This reminds me of a story. When I got married and had children my mom said it was my turn to take over the holidays. My mother had always done holidays very formal. Well, that first Thanksgiving we sat down to my pretty decorated table and my mother was totally mortified to see that I had all the food on the table in disposable pans and there were cute little turkey paper plates at each setting. It was all nice and festive and the same delicious food she always served, even using her recipes. She could not get that I valued spending my time with the family on the holidays more than having all the fine china on the table and spending hours in the kitchen cleaning up. I still find it sad that she couldn't understand that.

betty said...

That was a good lesson that professor taught. We need to be greatful for all we have and not concentrate on what we don't have.


jack69 said...

I enjoyed the read, drives home many thoughts of what is important. I have priorities, I hope they stay in line with love and care of family. THANKS for a pointed story!

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a valuable ;esson to be learned by one and all. "The more you cherish what already is, the more you’ll be able to do with it."

Mevely317 said...

I love this!
Funny, I've thoughts brewing for a post about just this subject....