"I recently asked a friend of mine who had just returned from Spain what the best part of her trip was, and her answer surprised me. She said she had seen the most amazing thing in Spain. No one in Spain walks down the street holding a cup of coffee.
Spain has a real coffee culture. In other words, not only is the coffee good and varied, but people sit in cafes and enjoy it. Sitting and enjoying is so much a part of the experience that it is fairly difficult to even find disposable cups at a coffee place. In America, it is exactly the opposite. It would be hard to find a regular porcelain cup at most coffee places in the United States. In fact, when I recounted this story to another friend, he wondered what they drink their coffee out of in Spain without disposable cups." ~ Rabbi Davie Kalb (The 3,000 year old secret to switching off in a switched-on world.)I was discussing this with a friend of mine (who has been a missionary to various parts of the world) what her experiences with the coffee cup have been. (Hi Elise!!!!) :o) She now resides in Latvia, and says that only very recently, disposable cups are being offered at coffee shops, but not for the purpose of on-the-go guzzling. "If you drank coffee on a bus, people would give you strange looks," she said, "Instead, people will take their coffee to the park, sit down on a bench, and drink it there."
Really? Are we Americans missing something here? I rarely think of my cup of hot tea as something to "enjoy." Okay, maybe the first few sips...the rest might as well be administered intravenously for the sole objective of caffeine intake. And honestly, I usually have to reheat my beverage about 4 times before I even get a chance to experience the last sip (which, more often than not, is lukewarm at best). What about you? Do you use your time to drink your warm cup of coffee or tea to relax, reflect, and enjoy life? Or do you gulp it on the go, hoping for the sweet relief of caffeine to acquiesce your mind and body into alertness?
On this Monday morning, I would like to offer a little challenge. Can you sit for ten minutes and enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea without any distractions?
Stare out the window if you must.
Resist the urge to put on music or the television.
Put your feet up, let your fingers intertwine around your mug, watch the steam send swirling bits of magic into the air, breathe in the fragrance of sweetness, and sip.
Feel the hot ceramic on your lips.
Breathe. Sip. and Breathe again.
And if you find your mind wandering to the busyness of your day, try thinking of one thing you're thankful for for every sip you take.
Repeat until the cup is completely empty. And you are joyously full.
This is how to enjoy a warm cup, my friends. Let's try this together, shall we?
***The Mug Swap is now Closed. Thank you so much to all who participated! ***