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Cut it up, make a cuppa, take a break & meditate….

 

My new all time favorite quote…and I made it up myself after a particularly harrowing week….

 

When life hands you a lemon, cut it up, make tea, take a break and meditate!

 

So, you probably guessed that my day/week/month was less than auspicious . I’m sure you’ve had those days, weeks, months….hopefully not years…when “it” goes from bad to worse.

 

When no matter how much or how hard or how long you’ve prayed, “things” just aren’t working out. That proverbial lemon drops from the sky, misses your skull, but lands in YOUR lap …uninvited, unwanted, and uncompromising.

 

 

Now, a whole lemon is only useful for decoration or zesting.


And if not consumed, deterioration ensues.

 

My solution: Cut it up…make a cuppa tea….take a break….and meditate.

 

 

A sliced lemon bursting with tartness suggests possibilities.

 

A problem carved up, divided, chopped and diced reveals solutions.

 

Tea is my respite in life. The ritual of boiling water, placing whole tea leaves in an infuser, steeping and then sipping the brew is my hiatus from chaos. In suspending reality for moments, the impossible is diluted, the possible clarified and I remind myself there are better days ahead! 

 

Have a tea-lightful day….and remember…cut that lemon up, make a cuppa, take a break and meditate!

Kate

I had to share this adorable video…..Maddie Grace Sings Lemon Drop

Once in a Blue Moon….A Paradigm Shift.

 

 

 

It has been my tradition since I was in high school to list my goals and resolutions every January first.

 

During the next year, on occasion, I sneak a peek at The List. Pulling it from an obscure hiding place, tucked haphazardly in a drawer, incorporated with miscellaneous receipts, business cards, notes to self, and outdated coupons, I steal a glance at the numbered contents.

 

Yep.

Yep.

Still working on this….

Nope.

Yikes….what made me think this was something I wanted to do?

Oops, forgot about that one.

Should I revise this one?

Ha, ha…

Yep.

Yep.

 

I stuff The List back in the drawer and forget it, but in a few months I retrieve it again for another review.

 

At the end of the year, I fetch The List for the final assessment. With pen in hand, I judiciously, and joyfully cross off those goals and resolutions accomplished.

 

I study the unmarked enumerated intentions.

 

Sometimes I experience remorse. Regret. Wishing I’d had more resolve to complete a task or commit more fully to a resolution.

 

Sometimes I chuckle. I am amused at my own naïveté.

 

I evaluate whether to add the unfulfilled ones to The New List, or trash them.

 

And, on January first, early in the morning, I find a lovely piece of paper, a nice pen, pour myself a cup of tea, and sit down to meditate on the coming year and write out The List.

 

 

I have repeated this process for over fifty years.

 

However, on occasion, Once in a Blue Moon (meaning “rarely”)…..but enough times in my life to recognize it now….I experience a “paradigm shift” creeping, crawling into my mind. Infiltrating my thinking when I am agitated or reflective.

 

Perhaps, because I am in the habit of striving and brawling like a thug to change my circumstances, I am not responsive to a knock upside the head, or a slap in the face.

 

Explosive revelation doesn’t seem to be part of my journey. No burning bushes, or parting of the sea.

 

A “paradigm shift” disclosure that I am able to embrace has come like a caterpillar….in an unhurried, nonchalant but determined forward stride.

 

I realize, in time, but reluctantly, that I must admit my attitude and my thinking need to adjust to a reality I had previously been unwilling to identify as unchangeable.

I was not raised to believe “it is what it is.” I was raised to believe that what “is” can be changed with prayer and hard work. And, while I wholeheartedly subscribe to this view, I have experienced circumstances that are NOT alterable:

 

The responsibility of caring for someone 24/7.

 

The death of an unborn baby.

 

The death of a son.

 

The theft of a trust.

 

The betrayal of a friend.

 

The ravishes of a disease.

 

 

Once I capitulate, once I surrender, once I yield to the understanding of “it is what it is” I am free to let go of the fight to change something outside my ability to alter.

 

2012 is a Once in a Blue Moon kind of year for me.

 

The List is ready. I’ve written down my goals and resolutions, but on this New Years Day, I have no strategies, no plans, no ideas of how to accomplish what I want to do.

 

The List is ready to be superimposed on the “it is what it is” reality page.

 

I will have to adjust, tweak, and rearrange this overlay to accommodate pursuing my intentions on The List.

Of course, the process doesn’t happen in a day. It may take the first six months of a New Year…..but, just as the caterpillar emerges from the cocoon a butterfly, I believe my adjusted reality will allow me to achieve my goals and resolutions.

 

Do you have a List of goals and resolutions for the New Year? Have you experienced a “paradigm shift” recently?

 

Wishing all of you a blessed, joyful, prosperous New Year!

 

Kathryn

http://tea4kate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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