Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The wisdom of hot chocolate

The Wisdom In 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, and 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' life has provided us.”

Enjoy your hot chocolate!!

Always remember this . . . . . . . . . . The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have!! The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

Live simply . . .
Love generously . . .
Care deeply . . .
And Speak kindly . . .

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A brewing disaster ?

Oh boy. I married a coffee drinker, a coffee drinker who can not function unless he gets to the office on at least 4 cups of the heavy leaded stuff. Last night as I was preparing the coffee maker for today I made a mental note "Pick up more coffee" Guess what ? Didn't happen *EEK* What did happen is that the wonderful people from Gevalia sent me a sample pouch in the mail today, when I mentioned to DH tonight at 9pm.. "Uh oh, forgot coffee" he said brightly "No worries you can top it off with this ?" Really ? I truly thought we were all out, so my load was lightened for a while, I just went to load up the coffee maker for tomorrow and I was right there were maybe 5 granules left of the other stuff ... oh boy. In a frenzy I went around opening up freezers (we have 3) , nope, no extra coffee, I opened up the cupboard on my microwave cart where I store all of my tea, thinking (hoping) that there was some coffee in there, for a split second I found some relief in a gold shiny package that soon dissipated when I read 'Mulling Spices' so not the same thing and he would totally know. I then scoured the shelves in the pantry and lo and behold I found 2 little packages of coffee, admittedly they are Jack Daniels flavored and DH hates flavored coffee but with a bit of luck come morning his mind will be so foggy and his taste buds so deadened by the dry air in our house at present that he won't be able to taste the added stuff that he so dislikes. One can only hope, right ?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's been a while

I've had so much running through my brain as to what to post but well, it never got posted everything seemed a little insignificant in all that was going on in our small community.
On Dec 22nd a little girl was kidnapped from her home 15 minutes from here. Victoria received a text message early Wednesday that one of her friends little sisters was kidnapped, for the next 3 days all we heard were helicopters hovering overhead, everywhere we went we saw the helicopters, we saw police searching fields, we heard reports on the TV, we heard and read that it was a registered repeat sex offender who had kidnapped her. I remember sitting here Christmas Eve and thinking we should be listening to Christmas songs not the drone of helicoters overhead.
Christmas morning 3,000 - 4,000 volunteers from our community went out searching for her, the sheriff asked everyone to search their properties, instead of opening gifts right away Marc and Victoria were out searching our property and the woods next to us. At 4pm Christmas day Sarah's body was found on a dirt road on the Maryland/ Delaware border.

I truly think the whole community went into mourning for this little girl and her family.
What happened to her was truly horrific and evil, no person let alone a child should ever go through what she went through and no sex offender should ever be let out of prison to roam the streets seeking out his next innocent victim.
I urge each and every one of you to go here and sign this petition
Find out who the registered sex offenders are in your community and educate your children, the friendliest looking person could be some evil person lurking within the kindly exterior.
Sarah, you truly touched this community, you will never be forgotten. R.I.P sweet girl

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