...Writing a Letter and Taking Tea!
It seems the more connected we are to the world outside our front door, across oceans and miles, the more disconnected we are becoming. We are rapidly changing from a society of enjoying life and all that it has to offer, to one that needs instant gratification no matter the cost.
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Take a moment to think.... when was the last time you actually sat and put pen to paper and wrote? Hmm... how about the last time you actually communicated with someone in "full English or the language you speak " where you actually wrote complete words, sentences, paragraphs instead of something like: C U L8er ( translation: See you later)?
Now, when you sit to enjoy a nice cup of tea do you plug the kettle in, pour the boiled water over the tea bag (of course you want that tea now ... so you are probably swishing the tea bag in the cup , so the water turns colour faster) ~ I see a couple of you smiling and nodding~ and of course any cup will do ... right?
These two simple acts provide us with much more than information and a warm beverage. If performed the "old fashion" way they offer us so much more. Sitting down to write a letter, note or post card actually helps stimulate and activate our brain; it allows us to sit and catch our breath as we gather our thoughts about what we would like to write. A handwritten letter is more than just words on a page, it shows the recipient that you care enough about them to take a few moments in your day to think about them and actually write ~ not just send a quick email or text - that is generic and could have been sent to numerous people. A letter is personal. You are also sending a gift of a few moments of relaxation; as (especially in today's world) someone receives a handwritten letter ... they are so surprised, that they will take a few moments to sit down and relax while reading your letter. Perhaps they will even make themselves a cup of tea.
Unlike texts, IM or emails which often get deleted, thoughts, words handwritten on paper are something you can save and read again and again in years to come. Have you come across a letter that was written to you years ago, and as you re-read it , the memories attached to it came back in vivid detail? I have and I can tell you, it's a wonderful feeling!
In it's early days, tea was thought to have magic powers and cure all. Well, I can tell you there is some magic healing in them leaves. For the past year I have made taking tea once a day a priority in my day. The 15-25 minutes that it takes to boil the water, spoon tea leaves into a teapot, wait for the tea to steep for the appropriate time before pouring the golden liquid into a teacup (with a saucer) sitting back and awakening my senses ~ smell, sight, taste and hearing - yes hearing, there is therapeutic value in the sound of the kettle whistling that it's ready and the trickling of the water as it is poured from kettle to teapot and then to teacup. During this time I may just sit and let my mind wander into peacefulness, or I may write a few words to a dear friend or if I'm lucky I have a letter or note or card to read ... that was written by someone dear, just for me.
Where do you take tea? and Do you use a special teacup?
Here are some images I hope will inspire you to take a few moments in your day to truly enjoy a cup of tea!
Taking time to write friends and family and to enjoy a cup of tea are simple things that I am able to do, which bring calmness to my day if for only a a few moments.
How do you bring a few moments of peace and relaxation into your busy day?
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