You can't make a cup of tea brew faster by jiggling it harder.
If you know me at all, you'll guess that there's an analogy coming, and this is not just about tea.
But I did realise this literally one day, when I'd got to the point of rushing my tea making so much, leaving the bag in such a short amount of time to get going to whatever I was on the way to doing - that I took a sip of my pale tea and realised I'd really just made a cup of hot water with milk in it.... A simple, silly, yet defining moment.
And it came at a time when I was still teaching high school, and not loving it. It was a metaphor for my whole life which felt as rushed and unsatisfying as weak-as-water tea.
From then on I promised myself to make even tea making a ritual. Take my time with it.
And to carry that idea into my whole life.
Just like I can't make the tea brew faster by jiggling the tea bag harder, everything else satisfying and worth doing in life can't be made to happen by just shaking it harder, hustling harder, pushing ahead faster.
And today I am really feeling the call to pare back and simplify. To remember the value of ritual in everyday things. To remember that like tea or like fruit or like wine, life is better when we let it ripen in its proper time.
I have a million goals I want to get done, and maybe I could do them all if I just continued to forge ahead. But would they be fully ripe and rich when I got them? Or would they be as unsatisfying as unripe fruit or as watery as unbrewed tea.
If you want to reach your dreams, AND you want them to be ripe and rich and fully satisfying when you do, let them brew.
The pause and the waiting is as valuable as the doing.
Make the pause a ritual, journal, meditate, reflect, day dream. Let your mind wander from the to dos and into the possibilities in that time of stillness.
What is in front of you today that is asking for a little more brewing time? .
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