Have A Cup!

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It is early and I am gradually coming out of a drowsy sleep stupor.  I call it fading in.

On mentally foggy mornings such as this, I rely heavily on the nectar of the gods… Coffee.

I think God knew there would be mornings such as this so he created a nice pick-me-up to help jump start my stalling mental engine.

Sip… ahhh… the fog is lifting.

Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.
-Jonathan Swift

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Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.
- (The Women’s Petition Against Coffee), 1674

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As I enjoy my cup of coffee I was reminded of something that happened to me a few years ago.

It was about 11:00 on dark damp evening and I was preparing coffee for the next morning.  I go to the cupboard and reached for “my precious”.

Side Note: There may be one or two who do not know where the phrase “my precious”      is derived.

In the J.R.R Tolkien trilogy The Lord of the Rings there was a strange little character (Gollum) who succumbed to the influence of the ring’s power.  He became             consumed with the ring and would go to extreme ends to possess it.  He called it… “my precious”.

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Yes, you guessed it.  The coffee container was empty.

I would like to tell you that it was no big deal and that I went on to bed.  But no!  I am embarrassed to say that I put some clothes on and went to the nearest convenient store and forked over a boat load of money for a small container of “my precious”.

It was at this point that a staggering truth caught me between the eyes.

I did not possess the coffee… it possessed me.

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I learned an important lesson.  You can tell how important something is by the measures you take to attain, nurture or protect it.

Along the same lines, I heard someone say one time that you can tell how hungry someone is by how putrid of food they will eat.

Desperate people do desperate things.

Now some of you may be smugly sitting there wondering how something could be so important to someone to cause them to go to such measures to get more.

If you are one of these people thinking this, you need to get off of your judgmental high horse, lest you fall off.

Everyone has things that are their precious.  It is something that has a mysterious, sometimes tragic power to influence us if we are not careful.

What is your precious?  It can be intangible things as well as tangible.

It can be odd things you would never expect.  For example, someone reading this may have a grudge you have been holding on to for years.

Think about the phase, nursing a grudge.  When you think about it, the phase is a graphic illustration of “a precious”.

To nurse something, you hold it close… feed it… guard it.  The grudge possesses you.

For others it may be one of these things:

  • You like attention
  • You need to be right
  • You must be in control
  • Your appearance
  • Your 401k
  • Your possessions
  • Your position
  • Your jewelry
  • Power
  • Approval
  • Name your own precious

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Most people have learned what things possess them or at the very least, has an unhealthy hold or influence on them.

The most important thing is to identify these points of “precious”.  It is then… and only then you can put them in their place.

Yes, I still enjoy my coffee but I don’t take it quite as seriously.

See you Thursday.

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