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The Empty Cup


I was at my favorite coffee shop for one last time and I ordered my usual drink, Matcha Green Tea, served hot. I was having my quiet time, thinking about what-ifs and could-have-been, trying to find answers to my unanswered questions. I was too consumed by these thoughts and I missed to notice that I have already finished my tea. Yet, I kept taking a sip even when it was already empty. And it happened several times. It seemed like my subconscious mind was somehow hoping and expecting that there was still something left but in reality, it has long been empty.

And it dawned on me – that even in real life, we keep taking a sip even when the cup is already empty. Why do we keep hoping that some things remain the same when they’re already gone? Why do we still expect that there’s still a chance when it’s long been over and done?

When I realized that my cup was already empty, I only had two choices to make. Either I keep pretending that my cup is still filled but get hurt and disappointed knowing that it will never be filled. Or I can go to the counter again and order another cup – one that’s new and served smoking hot.

Maybe, it’s time to let go of the empty cup. Time to move forward. It’s time to order a new one. Or better yet, it’s time to leave the coffee shop.

What time do you plan to leave your coffee shop?

Ardys Gladden is a leadership and management business professional who loves to travel and write. This site is a library of stories from her life experiences that contain joys and tears, triumphs and lessons, and anything that you can definitely relate to and/or learn from. Stories of hope and love, her imperfections and God's grace.

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