Monday, March 14, 2011

Around the World on Tuesday

God's Coffee
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.
Jennifer, Germany
March 15
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.

May, Germany
March 15

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:
Sonya, the Netherlands
"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.

Lola, Utah
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.

Rikako, Japan
3.15 TODAY

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.

Wanda, Canada
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.

Sarah, Georgia
3.15 Today
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."

Kat, Australia
God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee! 

Becky, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. 
They just make the best of everything."
Caroline, England

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Buckeroomama, Hong Kong

Maddy, New Jersey/NYC
Author Unknown   Source

Emily, Japan
4.1 Self Portrait

We haven't heard from our contributor Emily who resides in Japan. As you can imagine we are all very concerned. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as the week continues.

 We are excited to introduce some new contributors today! 
Please welcome these wonderful women:
Jennifer from Germany & May from Germany


  1. So absolutely beautiful. The photos, the words..everything is perfect. Emily is in my thoughts.

  2. Wow. This is so important to remember!

    We welcome Jennifer and May! Can not wait to see the magically pretty pictures you girls produce.

    We are praying without ceasing for our dear Emily.

    Happy Tuesday Beautiful girls! Get all of your friends to link up this week, ok? Last week we had 47 entries! Let's go for 50 this week! Onward and Upward!

  3. Man, please keep us updated on Emily.

  4. Oh gosh.....praying for Emily. Beautiful shots ladies....the four leaf clover and small pink flowers...WOW!!!!

  5. I hope that we'll hear from Emily soon somehow. Maybe usual lines of communication have been affected where she is...

    Going through each of the photos here is one of the best parts of my day. I'm so glad that I am able to take a virtual traipse around the world right here from my living room. Welcome to May and to Jenn, yay!!

    Sonya --that 4-leaf clover just made my kids' day! For some reason, they've been looking and looking for clovers the whole of last week and I had to explain that they are very rare (actually clovers are rare where we live!)... and then they saw your photo! =)

  6. Rikako! I LOVE your kids playing. That picture is so perfect. So real life! Thank you for sharing. I am very, very thankful you and your family are safe.

    I love all of the pictures today. Thank you all for taking the time to share your lives with us. We are blessed to peak into your days.

  7. Welcome to new girls!

    This site really cheers me up.

    Yes, B-mama,the normal line of the communication is limited in Tokyo area and the suburbs now.

  8. Wow! All the photos look amazing! I especially like the 4-leaf clover.

    Thank you all for the warm welcome. It's an honor to be a part of such a great community of talents.

    On a different note, we are all praying for Emily and her family and all those affected by this disastrous event. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

  9. Wanda your photo brought a huge smile to my face..just beautiful!

    Welcome May and Jennifer!!

    Thinking of Emily and her family today and I hope we hear from her soon!

    Buckeroomama..believe it or not..I grew that 4 leaf clover myself! LOL

  10. Thank yo so much ladies for the warm welcome. I am thrilled and overwhelmed. As always, love the pictures and the story to go along with it. Have a nice day..:)

  11. Beautiful assortment of images - - I love that it is such a diverse collection. And the story? Perfection.

  12. Prayers for Emily.

    Beautiful images everyone :)

  13. I feel very blessed coffee and the mug were good. Praying for Emily and the people of Japan.

  14. Very powerful story with wonderful words of encouragement for us all! And such lovely photos! Thank you for a delightful visit for Sweet Shot Tuesday! And praying for your friend!

  15. Welcome Jen and May! My prayers are with Emily I really hope they are okay!

  16. What a moving post. They just get better and better. Wonderful trip around the world today.

    And, oh I hope we hear from Emily soon. Praying for all those affected in Japan now.

    Welcome to May and Jennifer. Spreading the love - very cool!

  17. Such a beautiful post with gorgeous pictures.

    Thinking of Emily and hope you get news from her soon.

  18. So excited to have Jen and May on board...Welcome Ladies! Looking forward to all the beautiful pictures you'll be sharing from your neck of the woods :) And my thoughts and prayers are still with our CG girls and their families, as well as the rest of Japan.

  19. Such beautiful words to begin my day with. I'm off to enjoy my coffee...and I don't usually drink coffee :)
    Thank you!

  20. These are some wonderful pictures! And a great story, too.

  21. Great story and oh those pictures! Amazing...

  22. Oh, very warm welcome...two Ladies from "Deutschland"...
    As always, thank you for all the great pictures.
    I'll pray for all the people in Japan and of course for Emily and her family.
    Greetinmgs from Germany, Petra