When I think about tea, I think about goodness. I think about smiles, I think about clouds, I think about twirling in a full dress with my arms open, my head back and joy in my heart. Tea always brings out the best in people so it is no wonder tea is right behind water consumption in the world. Approximately 25,000 cups of tea are consumed every second and about 2.16 billion cups are consumed every day. Now, does that put a smile on your face or what! We are living amongst a world that understands the goodness of tea.
At a Writers Meet-Up I attended, I met a beautiful person. She was beaming with one of those smiles that shines from the inside out and I was instantly curious about her source of joy and beauty. There was a kind sincerity about her and we instantly became friends. While visiting over a cup of tea she mentioned she had a dream of opening a Tea House. I could see the sparkle in her eye as she dreamily reflected on the moment she was introduced to tea recipes and the hours she spent in her kitchen while creating a wide variety of loose tea. She reflected about the aroma filled kitchen where recipe creativity flowed. As she shared I could feel my mouth watering. I could smell the aroma of the fruits and flowers. Her dream was beginning to come to life, again, right in front of me. I was instantly inspired by her passion and unbeknownst to her, she was fueling a fire for my own taste bud fantasy with loose leaf tea.
Adventuring into a loose-leaf tea life can seem intimidating. Bagged tea purchased at the grocery store is convenient and bottom line is, fast and convenient, has been the motto of my life for far too long. The fast-paced blur during most of my corporate life consisted of being up at 5, out the door by 6, working 7-4, home by 5:30, flying out the door by 6:30 to be on time for my 7:00pm commitment until 9, then home by 9:30 to be on the phone at 10:30 talking to women who desired love and support until midnight. In between I was raising two children as a single mom, meals, laundry, my time with God, grocery shopping, women’s ministry events, volunteer work etc. My priorities were out of order and most of them wrong! It’s no wonder I experienced sleep deprivation leading to a nervous breakdown just 6 years after entering the corporate world as a single mom. Fast and convenient, fast and convenient, fast and convenient and now 120lbs heavier I am just beginning to see health and hope. Health and hope for a future I have the power to create bringing me joy and rest. Creating is a partnership. There is a divine and grand creator, the One who created all that exists; and in my quest to create a life full of sitting with Him, sipping on tea, sharing tea adventures with friends and experiencing a calm serenity in place of anxiety and fear; I say yes. Yes, to rest, yes to giving myself permission to dream and dream big. Yes, to a good cup of tea!
What does a loose-leaf tea life look like? It looks like slowing down and stopping to smell the roses. It looks like breathing deep and long letting all the strife, tension and worries out in a measured release of air as your shoulders relax and your neck tilts back with relief. It looks like old friends, new friends and road trips. It looks like a meadow full of wild flowers bursting with bright colors. It looks like Hope, it looks like Life, it looks like health and it looks like fun!