I was drinking my usual morning cup of English Breakfast tea today and it suddenly struck me, how much the seemingly simple things in life can teach us. When we lean in to the humdrum of the day to day and listen closely, there is so much to learn…
So what wider life lessons can we take from our daily cuppa?
We should always try the ‘House Blend’…
When someone goes to the trouble of crafting something, or makes a special effort to make something in a certain way, we should give it a try. They’ve taken time to do this, spent energy on whatever their creation is; they’re proud of it and they’ve been generous enough to share. We should respect this by paying attention and giving it a go where possible – we all want to be seen and recognised for our uniqueness and what we personally bring to the world.
…But ask for it how you like it
In life, like with our tea, we all have our preferred ways. This might be the way we like something, a need that we wish to be met, or a boundary that we don’t want others to cross. Not only is it OK for us to share this with others, it’s essential. When we communicate this respectfully, we help other people understand us more and we stand a better chance of getting what we want and need, so that we can be fulfilled.
Remember everyone likes it best their way
Just as you like it your way, so they like it theirs. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to do anything about it, you just have to know it…and not try to change it.
‘Drink it’ with strangers
In Pakistan they say ‘The first time you share tea, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family…’ We were all strangers once, so take the time to get to know people, be curious about those who seem different to you and get to know someone’s story – you never know where this might lead.
Be a considerate ‘maker’
Remember what people like, especially those you love. Pay attention to the details that light someone up. Do it their way sometimes. Make them feel special whenever you can.
Don’t rush: enjoy the moment
If you’re drinking tea, drink tea, if you’re writing a letter, write a letter, if you’re dancing, dance. Be in the moment, soak it in, taste it, feel it, enjoy it. Time is now.
There is much joy to be found in simplicity
Life can get complicated and fancy – we often want more, but when we stop and reflect, we know it’s the simple things that matter. Added up, the ‘tiny happinesses’ we find in the day-to-day are what make a life filled with joy.
We don’t always have to be doing fancy things in order to learn… So ask yourself:
- What insight can I take from simple, everyday things?
- What gems of wisdom are woven in to the fabric of my daily life?
Enjoy your next cup and take care for now,
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