All That Steams Is Not Delicious

The coffee cup steamed in the hand of the mother behind me. As we sat watching the humorous interpretation competition at state literary today, I admit I was a tad jealous. I fingered the warming water bottle in front of me. It was water. But it wasn't a hot, steaming cup of delicious coffee. Wow. Why didn't I drive so I could have gone by and gotten me such a cup?

Finally, after smelling the coffee for two straight competitors, I finally said something.

“Wow, I'm jealous. I wish I had a cup of coffee like you have this morning,” I said, again taking a sip out of my water just so I felt like I was sipping something.

“Actually, the coffee is terrible today. I can't even drink it,” she said.

“Are you kidding?” I said. “I was actually jealous.”

“It isn't worth it. It is completely undrinkable.” she said.

We had the same thought as our eyes met and we both smiled. We went on to talk about how much that steaming cup of coffee is like life.

All that steams is not delicious.

In fact, some things that steam are repugnant.

Sometimes the most tempting things are those we THINK someone else has.

Their marriage. Their car. Their beach house. Their family.

Perhaps we should just enjoy what we have and stop wishing for what we think others have.

This post is day 69 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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