Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Coffee Cups

I got this email from my mom. I thought it had a great message.


A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, 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 God has provided us." God brews the
coffee, not the cups..... Enjoy your coffee! "The happiest people don't
have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything." Live
simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to
God. You are the miracle, your life either shines a light - or casts a

Bobby and I always try and appreciate what we have. Right before we got married we bought a house. It wasnt by any means the best looking house on the block, but it was our house, and we took care of it, and when we had some extra money we improved some things in it. One day Bobby was outside and a man came to the house. He told Bobby that he wanted to buy our house. Bobby Brought him inside and the man said "I want to talk to you about buying your house" I immidiatly said "Its not for sale" He explained to me that there was a coal company coming through and gave us an offer. I didnt know if he was legitamate or not, so I called my dad and he came over. My dad said everything was ok and we took the mans offer. It was $10,000 shy of being 4x what we paid for the house! We signed an option agreement, and when I was almost 7 mo. preg. We sold and bought the house we are in now. Bobby and I have had many blessings in our life and I believe its because we are always happy with what we have and live with in our mean. We dont have credit cards. We spend what we have and we are greatful for what we are able to get.