I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hot Chocolate

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend with lots of stitching!  My weekend was busy and unfortunately not a lot of stitching got done... I think I managed to put in about 20 stitches into my MS cat all weekend - and that was last night after tea! 

But on the flip side of a "no stitching" weekend, we had a lovely weekend with family - Hubby and I went shopping on Saturday and then we went to a birthday party at my brother's house for my nephew's 4th birthday, and yesterday my step-son and his girlfriend came over for lunch.  It was nice to catch up with DS-S before he heads off to Russia for 2 weeks!  He is doing a field trip to Siberia with the University he attends and is very excited about heading off overseas yet again - lucky doer!!!

Now Mondays are not normally my favourite day.... however when a friend sent me the following this morning it made me smile and feel good about today being a Monday, so I thought I would share it with everyone.  As it was in a powerpoint presentation I have copied and pasted the words here for you all to read!  I'm not sure where it came from originally therefore I can't give the credit where credit is due.

Hot Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were discussing their lives at a class reunion.  They decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired, who was always an inspiration to them.  During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work, lives and relationships.

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.  Some cups were porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He invited each to help themselves to the hot chocolate.  When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor shared his thoughts.

“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 are 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 each of you really wanted was hot chocolate.  You did not want the cup . . . but you consciously went for the best cups.  And soon, you began to eye one another’s cups.”

“Now friends, please 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 does it change, the quality of life you are living.  Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.”

Always remember this . . . . . . . . . .  God brews the hot chocolate, He does not choose the cup. 

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 . . .

Leave the rest to God ~ and  remember ~ The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Enjoy your hot chocolate!!

And to finish, I must say "Happy Birthday" to my niece Emily and my two nephews, Luke and Lincoln, who are celebrating their birthdays on Saturday just gone and today.  They are all growing up so quickly!

Til next time, happy stitching....


Ewa said...

That is lovely. I'll have to keep that in mind when I get up and go to work tomorrow. Without going into too much detail, my job is extremely stressful (it's one of the reasons I'm quitting at the end of next month). It has given me panic attacks, migraines, and most recently an eye twitch. But inspirational words like that are absolutely lovely and a joy to read. Here's hoping tomorrow will be a good Monday :) Thanks again for sharing!

Mark said...

Amen to that my darling MX

Catherine said...

How true!! Thanks so much for sharing - have a wonderful week!!

Mouse said...

that'lovely .. me I would go for the biggest plainest cup .. for lots of hot chocolate and that I would be afraid to drop it ..lol :) love mouse xxxx

♥ Nia said...

I was just like Mark wrote.. Amen! :D
Love the story!!! Thank you for sharing sweetie :)
Hugs&Smiles to you