Living in Gratitude: Why Did the Coffee Spill?

As we enter into a new year and a new decade, consider this analogy for what lies ahead.

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing the coffee to spill.

Why did the coffee spill?

Many of us would respond, “Because someone bumped into me.”

The answer is: Because there was coffee in your cup.

If there had been tea, water, milk, soda or any other liquid in the cup, that is what would have spilled out.

Whatever is inside the cup is what will overflow.

Whenever life comes along and bumps into you – accidentally or expectedly – whatever is inside of YOU will spill out.

It is easy to fake it, making it appear everything is okay, until you get bumped into. 

Ask yourself: “What is in my cup?”

When life gets tough, serving up challenges and frustrations as it most certainly will, what will spill from your cup?

Will it be anger, bitterness, impatience, irritation, harsh words or reactions?

Or will it be joy, peace, kindness, humility, tolerance or gratitude?

The choice is completely up to you. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Today, make the conscious decision to fill your cup with forgiveness, love, learning, appreciation, gentleness and support for those around you.

May your day be filled with gratitude and good thoughts.

Courtesy of Stacy Bauch