Friday, September 25, 2009

Tea Time to Knowing...

For the past 3+ weeks, Matthew and I have striven to incorporate the English practice of sitting down to tea during the day. To take a break. To RELAX. We call it "The English Challenge"....and that couldn't be closer to the truth! It HAS been a challenge!

Although we have not been perfect at it...missing days here and there....I'm really proud of what we have been able to do. Matthew will come in the kitchen and say, "Is the tea ready?" I love that he is getting all into it. ;) He's even comfortable drinking out of my delicate china cups! I think he does it just to please me cause he knows it tickles me to see him drinking out of such a dainty, little thing. Given the choice he'd of course choose a "manly" mug any day. Awww...the sweet things guys do to keep their women smiling. :)

And for the days we have missed, it makes you realize just how busy you are when you don't have time to sit down for a few minutes in the day to have a cup of tea. I don't like that. I don't like it at all. Some may say "idleness is the devil's playground"...but I say SO IS BEING TOO BUSY.

Why are we so busy in America? The French have their long lunch breaks, the Spanish have their siestas, and the English have their tea. What do we have?

Hmmm.....good question.

We all need time to sit, relax, and listen. To regroup and rethink. To recharge our batteries.


TO BE STILL.


Oh, what a lost art it is!

The Psalmist said it best when he wrote:

"Be still, and know that I am God."

I just love the comma between the "still" and the "and". It's as if it were saying,

"Be still (deep breath, relax, reflect, sit down, drink tea! ;)) ...and [then] know that I am God."

I don't know about you but I find it hard to sit still, much less BE still. I'm constantly thinking about what load of laundry needs to come out, what the menu for the evening will require, this person to call, that person to write, "don't forget this", "remember to schedule that"...and on and on and on it goes. Of course, this being still, is much more than a posture, but a frame of mind; a peace of mind. What a contrast to my commonly "un-peaceful" mind. Hmmm...

But with this peace comes a promise! And KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

Now that's something to "drink" to! Here's to tea time my friends!

1 comment:

Ruby Moon Designs said...

I like the new look of the blog...very chic! ;) Also, loved your post. I too have a hard time just being still---sometimes I find it even hard to sit through a movie at home without getting up and doing something while I'm watching it. Thanks for reminding us to just be still---and to KNOW! Love you, Gaily!