Blast From the Past: Finding the Joy

Blast From the Past: Finding the Joy


You don’t have to look very hard to discover that there is a lot wrong with the world today and that there are a lot of things we could worry about. On the top of the worry hit list; our health and all that impacts it in a negative way.

Here is a little tongue-in-cheek article about all the things we can worry about from the moment we awaken to the time our heads hit the pillow at night (and even afterwards). The point of my article, however, is that despite impending doom always waiting just around the corner (or maybe because of it), it becomes incumbent upon all of us to work that much harder to find the joy in our lives or, better yet, create it.

One easy way to do that is by focusing more on the simple pleasures of tea, rather than just drinking it down 3 – 6 times a day to get enough catechins in your system to help with all those health problems lurking around the corner. Take the time to stop and find the joy in the moment. Look at the color and shape of the dry leaves. Appreciate the person who plucked each one of those leaves by hand and another who shaped it. Take a moment to close your eyes and inhale the rich aroma of the wet leaves in the pot after infusion and let it fill your senses. Look at the color of liquor. Taste it. Make a point of preparing and sharing a cup of tea with someone in a peaceful setting. Let go of your thinking and just bask in your surroundings and the connection with the other person. In those brief moments you can find the joy.

Make a point, every day, of finding the joy in some part of your day no matter what else may be occurring in your life. I can think of nothing more healthful than being in the moment with a delicious cup of tea and sharing it with another person.

Originally posted July 2008, written by Sandy Bushberg

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