Creative Writing: Soup Kitchen Drama

“Can I have two cups of coffee?” Gary asks.

“I can give you one, and when you’re done, you can get another one if there is still some available,” I answer, pouring the hot, dark liquid into a cup.

“But I always get two cups,” he protests.

“Well, we’ll see. Just enjoy this one for now, okay?”

“But I always get two cups!”

“I know, but for now you get one.” 

“That’s not right, I get two cups,” he grunts, grabbing his one cup of coffee.  

He comes back three minutes later, right after I poured the last cup of coffee for someone else.

“Hey,” he shouts, “she stole my cup of coffee!” pointing at the lady who had the last cup.

“Well, it wasn’t really yours. She just got the last one. There’ll be more tomorrow when you come back for lunch.”
“But I always get two cups!” he yells. And at that moment, I am so glad his eyes aren’t weapons.

“I’m sorry,” I say, “but everybody gets to have some. That’s the way it goes.”

“She stole my cup,” he repeats, shaking his head like a lost puppy.

 

I go back to cleaning up the dishes from lunch, wondering if I did the right thing. I could have avoided the conflict and served him two cups to begin with, but that’s not how life works, I tell myself. Yet Gary doesn’t get that. He only knows that I denied him what he thought was his. That I stole from him.

 

I happen to be serving the coffee two weeks later. Gary comes over, and I quickly check the level in the coffee pot–only about two cups left. I cringe.

“Can I have a cup of coffee?” he asks. “And then, when I’m done, can I have another one if there is still some in there?” he adds.

I exhale. 

“Yes, Gary, I would love to give you a cup of coffee, and then another if I have it,” I answer while pouring his cup.

“Hey Gary,” I say, handing it over to him, “I am really proud of you today.” 

His face lights up like never before. 

“Yeah,” he says.

And I can’t stop smiling. 

What are Three of Your most Important Assets?

What is an asset?

Financially, when you look at a balance sheet, you look at assets versus liabilities. Assets produce income, and liability costs money.

In life, an asset is a resource with value. It’s a resource that gives you a return on your investment. Today, we are talking about three of the most important assets that you have.

Asset #1: Your Brain

After from your spirit with which you fellowship with God, your brain is by far your most valuable asset. It is a resource that gets you a return on your investment. But in order to get a return, you must invest. So, how do you invest in your brain?  What “thing” can you invest in regards to your brain that would get you the highest return?

What can you do to make your brain even more valuable?

Education?

Well yes, since the more knowledge you have in your brain, the more valuable it becomes.

Skills?

Yes, because the more skills you have in your brain, the more valuable your brain is.

Thought management?

Absolutely! The better you are at managing your thinking, the more valuable your brain is, because as you know by now, your thoughts produce the resource of emotions which drive action. So, when you have thought management skills, you have the skills to produce the fuel for action. You have the skill to produce the emotions that drive action.

Ingenuity?

Yes, yes, yes!

With ingenuity, you create new ideas, new concepts, new things. All things of value created by men were first created in the brain.

So, how much time and energy have you consciously put into investing in your brain? I’m talking about time and energy to think about what you think about. How much money have you invested in increasing the value of your brain?

You ought to invest more into your brain than anything else–apart from your spirit of course. Because it is your brain that helps you manage your time and your money.

Asset #2: Your Time

Managing your time is actually very easy. It’s managing your brain to follow through on what you’ve told yourself to do with your time that is challenging. If it was simply a matter of managing our time, we would always do, within the amount of time, the thing that we said we were going to do.

Productivity is only an issue when we don’t follow through when we procrastinate, when we aren’t focused, when we aren’t using our brains.

Time is the asset of the human life. It is all we have and it is limited. That’s what makes it so valuable. Our time in our life is the limited amount of time we have to live and do the things and experience the things that we want to experience.

When you think about the hours in your day, are you consciously investing your time in a way that
gives you a return on that investment of time?

You can’t create more minutes, but you can create more value within the time that you do have and you can make each minute more valuable by using your brain to invest in managing your time
and using your money to invest in managing your time. So,  we are going back to brain management. It truly is the most important investment you will ever make in your life. If you don’t have a brain, you don’t have time.

So, by investing time into your brain, you actually get more time in your life.

 

Asset #3: Your Money

If you have $10,000 to invest, let’s say in the stock market and you’re picking between three different stocks, you’re going to want to invest into the one that will give you the highest rate of return, that will give you the most back for your investment.

You can do this, and your money will grow. You can invest money into money. But could you invest money into something that would make your money more valuable?

You could invest your money into people. You could invest your money in creating more time, in making your time or your brain more valuable.

Did you know that the people who invest their money in their own brain have the most money?

Asset Abundance

Asset abundance is about putting your assets in order and generating abundance in your brain and in your money and in your time, by making sure you’re doing them in the right order.

Invest in your brain first, invest in time second, and invest in money third. And if you do it
in that order, you will generate an abundance of all three. If you invest in your money to create more money and hope that that will produce more time and more skill and more value in your brain later, you will not be able to produce at the level or the rate as if you do it the other way.

Sit down with yourself and ask yourself, how are you investing your money? How are you
investing your time? And, how are you investing in your brain? And if you aren’t heavy on the brain in terms of that investment, that will explain why the other two aren’t as abundant as you want them to be.

There you have it! I hope that I challenged you today! Let me know in the comments, or send me a private message at barb@barbaraisaac.com. I will answer you within 24 hours! And make sure to share this blog post with your friends!