Afternoon Tea: Make Time To Take Time

Afternoon tea at Tuckaway Farm.

It’s raining. Cold, fat drops plummet to earth in a misty spray of chill. There’s a fire burning bright, spicy tea in my mug, and a knitted throw to ward off the air that blows through this drafty old house. Truth be told, there’s no place on earth I would rather be. And I’m not alone …

“Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that … I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature.”
~ Abraham Cowley, circa 1655

At the end of the day, when our work is done and our duties complete, it’s so very nice to find rest for our weary hearts in the comforting arms of home. Today as I sip my afternoon tea, I’m reminded of simple luxuries that make for slow, easy moments. We’re so very busy. We’re so very stressed. We’re so very harried and hurried and worried. Just stop … for 10 or 15 minutes. You DO have time — even if you have to put it on your calendar or schedule it in a planner. Take a few moments on a Friday afternoon or a Saturday morning or a Sunday evening and bask in a world of your own making.

If you don’t take care of you, you can’t care for everyone around you. And that’s our job, isn’t it — our real job — to care for those in our midst whether at work or home or wherever we spend our time. There are walking, talking, hurting people at every turn. If we’re grounded and rested and content, we will be more open to others, able to sprinkle a little bit of our ordinary joy over them. Suddenly, in one tiny little corner of our great big world, there is happiness abundant. So take time to make time for you, and then for others.

I’ve outlined a few of my favorite things, below. These affiliate links are simple, ordinary items that bring pleasure in quiet little ways. They help me create a shelter of quiet rest and contemplation so I can help me, which in turn, helps them, which then snowballs into all sorts of pass-it-on ways and means.

Classic Teas from Taylors of Harrogate
48 tea bags in eight flavors, including a few of my favorites: Earl Grey, Green Tea with Jasmine, Peppermint, and Chamomile.

Hot tea on a frosty afternoon requires a good book. Here are a few of the titles I’m currently reading. Click the images for more information:

Sometimes you need to find your own rhythm in the quiet. These songs carry me into a peaceful place and help clear the clutter in my mind. Click the images for more information:

And of course, I can’t leave out my favorite brand of Joy … Peace and Calming … Valor … Forgiveness … Envision … and so many more. Here’s aromatherapy for your quiet moments and that peaceful, easy feeling.

May you find time for afternoon tea or coffee or whatever suits your fancy in the coming days … for rest, for recuperation, and to prepare for the needs of those within your home and without.

 

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2 Comments

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    carol williams January 8, 2016 (9:31 pm)

    Great timing. I am caring for a relative who tries, unwittingly, to suck my joy right out of me on a regular basis. It is my job to make sure that I pass my joy to him, and don’t fall into his hole; instead, to pull him up out of it. Thank you for your post. A glass of red wine and a square of really fine dark chocolate….doesn’t get any better.

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    Jennifer January 8, 2016 (11:09 pm)

    I’m so glad it was inspiration, Carol. God bless you and your giving heart. May sunshine continue to add brightness and cheer to your days! Enjoy the wine and chocolate! 😉