What makes a good coffee? Lately I’ve been in that tired, comatose-like state where I leave half finished cups of coffee in forgotten places. Constantly on the go…fluctuating between the instant work kind (of varying strengths depending on which cup I use), and the more made to precision, proper roasts that I try to fit in every day, but often forego on the mornings I abuse the snooze button.
A couple of weeks ago, in all the busyness, I got to the place where a single serving of the instant stuff didn’t suffice. I found myself emptying two sachets into my to-go mug, and downing the double dose before the day even began.
This year has been one of serious introspection. Getting to the root cause of things that worry, trouble or have set me back from making progress in things like my blog or my fitness routine. Even the more ‘adulting’ things such as growing a successful business, investing and sustaining healthy relationships. All the things that come with realizing;
there are no take-backs or dress rehearsals when it comes to life.
Some causes are pretty obvious…my long time nemesis procrastination, for example. But a lot of them run deeper. They need to be searched out and dealt with. There is a need for separation in order to be able to see clearly. Forgive me if this seems haphazard…it’s just that I probably won’t forgive myself if this post doesn’t hit the publish screen in a few minutes.
I’ve found that in these minutes of chaos, all I need is to take a single moment. To actually pause, breathe…inhale, exhale. Sit in the sunshine and take my time with my cup. Actually taking time to taste my coffee leads to me appreciating it more. Understanding what sets it apart.
Realizing the actual difference between the good stuff and the unauthentic is things like patience, originality, resilience and creativity.
And it’s the same with life.
To get the full measure of life, it needs to be filled with real. It needs to be filled with genuine. It needs to be built with patience and molded by love.
But if you settle for the instant, for the not so amazing, for the lukewarm and the bland. A double dose of that does not equate to good.
A double dose of happy, does not amount to joy.
The bottom line of what I’m trying to say is I had an epiphany about the whole glass half empty or half full debate. The question has never really been about how much was in the glass. But rather, what was in it, if anything.
What are you filling up on? Who is filling your cup? Is it the good stuff or a bland blend of compromised quality? If you treasure what you contain, you’ll take time in making sure it’s useful and beneficial. A discarded double-dose coffee does start to raise eyebrows….it really mustn’t have been anything worth keeping. And definitely not anything treasured.
You need to be able to invest effort and love into your life. Take time to filter out the bitterness and the guilty times that left a bad taste in your life.
Refuse to be filled by mundane and mediocre.
Refuse to settle for less than God’s best for you. His joy, His love, His good and perfect plans for you.
At the end of the day you won’t want to be merely filled, but ultimately fulfilled.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13