Considering the length of its popularity on a global scale I think it’s safe to say there is something special about tea. Even Kermit dedicated a news flash to the historical Boston Tea Party. It was moving bit of journalism.
Whether a quiet cup on the front porch or shared with a group of friends and a deck of cards, tea is a lovely way to sip your worries away. Unless the game is poker and you’re loosing. Regardless of the kind of tea, each has its own physical and psychological effects. I could go on about the health benefits of antioxidants and caffeine but I’d rather just wrap my hands around a hot mug of Earl Grey.
During my survivalism phase a few years ago I took a workshop to learn how to build an emergency snow shelter because this is a key skill one needs when living in a place like Toronto. The instructor emphasized the importance of first creating a small fire to keep us warm and motivated. He would then boil some water for tea, sit back and decide how best to build his shelter. I liked this guy right away.
This immediately struck me as a brilliant idea for rescuing ourselves from any kind of high stress situation. In times of duress our ability to think clearly and perform optimally are greatly diminished. We might be tempted to believe that getting down to work right away is the best strategy but sometimes clearing our head with a warm cup of tea might just be the best course of action.
I’m going to go make myself a cup right now…