Ok – that title is a little tongue in cheek:)
Seriously though – I LOVE coffee.
In fact, as we were doing our research preparing to launch United and Untied, one topic that was most requested from people who knew me well was tips and tricks on how I’ve learned to make coffee!
I’ll admit – I have learned a lot about making coffee over the years and am definitely happy to share!
But how does that fit into the big picture here? Isn’t this blog about exploring meaning in every day? How to be united with God and each other, while untied in spirit?
I’ll let you in on a little secret – and it’s the secret that has led me to enjoy coffee, and many other things at a level that goes deeper than you might expect.
Coffee does help me find the meaning in every day.
It forces me to slow down, pause, focus. Be present. Have a conversation with Sarah. Step out of my own head for ten minutes.
The way I enjoy coffee is not with K-Cup convenience. It takes time. It can be tedious. It can be inconvenient.
And that’s an intentional choice on my part.
Now – inconvenience is not something I normally seek out. I’m type-A, I’m a goal setter, I’m busy, I’m an achiever. I’m not good at things that take forever and don’t have much purpose at face value.
But, I’ve learned the value in making time for those things.
The things that I’ve come to enjoy most are the things that open up space.
Space for conversation. Space for contemplation. Space for appreciation. Space for admiration.
Coffee. Cooking. Walking. Exploring. Creating. Photographing.
Simple things. Inconvenient things in a busy life.
Things that don’t have to be attached to a specific goal or end. They just are.
And they’re beautiful.
But they all take time. Time that gives me time to think. Time that Sarah and I can just be present and talk. Time where we can explore the meaning to be found in each day.
Coffee doesn’t have to be your thing, although I’ll be giving you plenty of tools if you decide it is:)
However – my challenge to you is this – choose something to be your thing.
Something that forces you to slow down. Something that interrupts your rhythm. Something that you enjoy but might not always have the time for.
Prioritize it. Look for the beauty in it. Use it as a tool. Give yourself some space where it’s uncomfortable.
If you do, I think you’ll be surprised at what you find waiting for you.
(PS – If you were looking for a coffee post that was a little more practical, don’t worry, there’s plenty coming;)