Friday, May 16, 2008

Hot Chocolates

I got this email from a friend of mine a few days ago.. somehow, I find it very relevant and meaningful and tot of sharing it here..

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. 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!


I always meet these type of ppl who likes to show off their belongings like showing off their brand new watch (fyi, I don't wear any to work and have a 10 years old G-Shock).. driving expensiev cars but owes twice as much...

I have always been thinking to change my car to something.. err.. more comfortable than the one I have now.. but always tell myself.. what for?!?.. the current one I am driving gives good fuel consumption even tho' I rev like crazy.. low maintenance.. gets me to where I want.. so, I always end up keeping it..

I wonder how many people would live within their means?



Ciao...

7 comments:

izso said...

Give me your computer! :D Leave within your means! I'd be glad to accept any non-essential offerings you may have to give!

Alex Hang said...

can.. no prob.. tat is why I am giving you my faulty RAM.. hahaha

izso said...

nabeh.. give la ur good stuff also. Thou shalt not over indulge as thou have thy principals of life. Hehe

Alex Hang said...

hehe.. let find some more good stuff for u ah...

anechoic said...

it was 'coffee' when my friend sent me the email..lol.


Good to see u blogging again..hehe.

Alex Hang said...

thanks.. moving over to blogspot as the interface here more livelier..

and.. i do read ur blog one.. keke.. keep on writing..

Malka said...

Thanks for writing this.