Tea

bd105e7c78b3“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

–C.S. Lewis

As the days are getting shorter and the daylight itself is often muted, I look for cozy things. Soft, warm blankets…a fire in the fireplace…a good book…and tea.

My grandmother’s family was British.  I think it was her love of tea and the tea parties we had when I was young which gave me my love for it.  Of course, the tea must have cream and sugar.  A good scone on the side is always welcomed. But beyond the beverage itself, tea is comforting to me.  My favorite is Earl Grey.  The smell of it alone calms me in ways no medication ever could.

I think we have experiences in life which can all be brought back in a moment due to an aroma.  It immediately takes us back to a special time or place and it doesn’t cost a thing. No plane ticket nor passport needed.

I lost my grandmother when I was 10 years old.  She was, and still is, one of the most beloved people who ever left a footprint on  my heart.  I still miss her dearly.  Sometimes I see her face when I look in the mirror these days.  It makes me very happy.  I was even able to visit her beloved England a few years back.  Perhaps that is why I love it there so much, I feel close to her there.

It’s a little chilly outside today – snow is teasing the air.  The fireplace is crackling and dancing.  Time for tea.

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Age Schmage

You Are Never Too OldAge is a mind thang.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met two people of the same age and the differences they exhibit are amazing.  I know more than a few people who are in their 80’s.  Some of them are active, healthy, involved and seem much younger than their years – others are house bound and barely getting around.

You might say, “Well, 80 year-olds have such varied background and health related issues, of course they’re different.”  I say “Pshaw!”  I’ve seen the same thing occur with people who are in their 40’s and 50’s – they not only LOOK much older than they are, they ACT that way as well.  It got me thinking.

I think that one of the worst mistakes we can make as we age is to lose our relevancy. We get stuck in our old ways, never challenging ourselves to look at things from a different perspective.  We repeat the same stories, the same jokes, do the same things at the same time day after day after day.

So what hope is there for us?  Well consider these people who achieved their greatest success at a later age:

  • Colonel Sanders was 65 when he launched KFC.
  • Roget invented the Thesaurus at age 73.
  • Grandma Moses was 76 when she began painting.  She did so because her first form of artwork, embroidery, became too difficult.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish her first book until she was 65.

They were no more special than you or me – they simply kept their minds active and found a new way to be productive in their later years.  I believe we owe it to our future selves to keep the body healthy and active so that when we reach for those new goals and adventures later in life, we are physically able.

I realize there are some ailments that are unavoidable – and for those souls, we pray. However, the mind is still able, in most cases. So even if your body cannot do all of things you wish it could do – your mind is more than able to create and learn and grow.

Continue to challenge yourself as you age.  Be an example for those who are younger than you are.  Show them that the best is yet to come!