Hot Chocolate Goodness

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The so-called “energy-booster” that will get you up in the morning, a concoction full of risky hazards of caffeine, this is what you call coffee. This taste sounds like it is brewing up for trouble. This won’t be necessary.

Prepare a cup of hot tea with biscuits, they say. The tea does put one’s self in a good mood early in the morning but its thin texture of lightness combined with a bland flavor of hot water makes its taste less interesting than the good ‘ol hot chocolate that keeps me up and up everyday.

A cup of hot chocolate I prepare everyday are nothing but a mere representation of goodness that I indulge in for every sip I take. Its three representations are leveled accordingly, from the shallowest toward the deepest.

1. Representation of Good Flavor and Healthy Lifestyle. The sweet aroma that brews in every early morning while preparing a cup of hot choco is the fragrant scent never to be forgotten, for it possesses the good smell of a good taste. It is our teeny-tiny nose which sends signals to the brain that the hot beverage one is about partake in is fresh, delectable and of the finest of its taste. Prepare to tickle your taste buds as it also comes in a full package, for it also brings one to a healthier lifestyle. It contains a good amount of antioxidants which lessens one’s risk of heart diseases.

2. Representation of Motivation. Getting up in bed is one of the most difficult things to do early in the morning, especially if one still has to go to school or work. It is the job of the cup of hot chocolate to bring forth the best in you in your work, to give you full-energy and boost your motivation in whatever you must do. It is the icing to the cake, the sprinkles to the ice cream, to which will motivate you to work even harder and to perfect your craft.

3. Representation of Balance. Just like the Chinese’s Feng Shui of Yin and Yang, the black and the white, the hot chocolate inside the cup is like a hot stew inside a witch’s cauldron which neutralizes the cold in our body with the heat it carries, to which warmth we ever so desired. This constant temperature balance in one’s body every early morning keeps us up, our moods light, and our souls at inner peace. Similar to the first representation of the goodness of the hot chocolate leading to a healthy lifestyle, it also leads to a point of threat: the risk. The “cup of goodness”, as we call it, contains sugar, whether in small or great amounts, leads to diabetes or other forms of diseases similar to that sort. The so-called “goodness” as we know it is neutralized by the perils it could bring. There are pros and cons to every decision we take. I quote my Theology professor, “Risk, commit, move on forward.”

With the cup of hot choco as a representation to lifestyle, motivation and balance, this hot chocolate can be likened to life. The formula of life can be a mixture of various things, like peace, love, harmony, and justice. These ingredients could be obtained from a vast, infinite inventory of abstract objects. If we are to pick out lifestyle, motivation and balance from this storage and stir them all up in a hot pot, we get life, not the concrete ‘life’, but the abstract one. Similarly to the cup of hot chocolate, we get the ingredients water, cocoa, and sugar and mix them up to get our desired result. It is true enough that we see goodness in lifestyle + motivation + balance = life and water + cocoa + sugar = hot choco and that is why life is a good metaphor for the so-called “motivation-booster”.

With that being said, tell me what else in your mind you see goodness in?


Date of Post: 11.10.13

Date of First Edit: 03.02.14

Date of Second Edit: 10.30.14


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