I came across a wonderful quote today:
“The fragrance of adventure and poetry endlessly pervades each cup of tea.”
Henri Mariage, Mariage Freres Tea
I’ve written before about the power of tea, but then it was about creating space and allowing mindfulness. This quote sets us on a different path toward tea: that of adventure.
What’s so swashbuckling about a cup of tea, you say?
If tea makes you think of an afternoon feasting of cucumber sandwiches amid older ladies in the British Empire, I quite see your point.
I came across this quote in an old issue of Saveur (July 2003), because I’ve been on another magazine decluttering kick recently. It may have something to do with the fact that my rent was just raised and I’m thinking of moving again… at any rate, I’ve been able to keep a feeling of accomplishment going recently, through completing various activities: emails, meetings, meals, purchases, purges. From these past couple weeks:
Discovery #1: Accomplishment is not synonymous with adventure, but because these activities, these efforts at simplifying, are in general aimed at achieving a greater goal, something of the majesty of that goal is injected into each baby step of a task.
Discovery #2: Accomplishment can never take the place of adventure, if you’ve got that kind of spirit, because if the activities do not get you closer to an ultimate goal, they quickly become empty, joyless actions.
I see my cups of tea shared with friends as my own personal Board Meetings, the purpose of which is to keep me focused on the greater adventure, that is, ultimately, a Life Well-Lived.
Tea, or my support system, symbolizes the Road to Adventure, the road that I am on now to create my own lifestyle. It’s this support system that will keep me- and you!- on the right road. Discovery #1 may not hold up all the time, but for right now, I’m enjoying feeling like I’m making progress!
So bartender, if you please, it’s
one for my baby , another tea for that road!
What keeps you focused on your greater goal, your ‘bigger picture?’
Are you racking up accomplishments but wondering where the adventure went?
How can Taste Life Twice help get more adventure into your life?