Have you ever thought about the similarities between life and coffee?
Some people have good cups, some great – while others have a cup that’s bitter, full of yucky grains, or has simply gotten cold.
You could say the same about our lives.
In my experience as a dad and a man, I’ve found that many people think that they’re stuck with whatever cup they’ve been poured. Not true.
We all have the ability to empty out our cup, clean it, and start fresh with a better blend.
Stepping away from the metaphorical and toward the practical, what I’m really talking about is rebuilding our lives. Whether it’s changing jobs, going back to school, improving our health – whatever – there are steps we can take to go from bitter to better.
What about when others try to throw stuff in our coffee?
Sometimes it’s people we can easily avoid, like coworkers or acquaintances that are negative. But sometimes its family, and that’s a situation which becomes much harder to solve.
My youngest son has been throwing stuff in my coffee by waking up every night crying. This has been going on for longer than I can remember.
He’s obviously not trying to throw junk in my coffee – yet in it goes. Since I love him with all my heart, I want to help him, but this is making my waking hours incredibly difficult. From work, to exercise, to growing my speaking career – it’s simply much harder to move forward toward my goals because I’m exhausted.
Even in this case, there is a choice. If I let the circumstances dictate who I am, then I’m simply reacting to my environment and I am lost. If I remain true to who I am as best I can – as a dad, a husband, a writer and a speaker – then at least I’m not throwing more junk in my own coffee. It may not be perfect (yet), but this choice is certainly the better blend.
And remember, you are not alone …