Have you seen the ads that say “take time for tea”? I was flipping through a Vegetarian Times magazine the other night scrounging for recipe ideas and came across the ad. I don’t know why, but I became immensely fascinated by it. Beneath “take time for tea” it has a picture of a woman lounging, reading a book, and holding her cute little cup of tea.
Of course, I mentally began mocking that scenario. Who has time for reading? Let alone quietly sipping tea? The only time I have for tea is when I’m running for the bus and then my travel mug top usually pops open and I spill it on myself…
I came across the ad again this morning and was again consumed by its message. I’m sure I’m reading more into this than the company intended, but I actually think there is a strong point to the word take. What would happen if we just took the time for tea? We already have all the time that we can have in one day. It is simply up to us how we use each minute of it.
And it’s not really about tea. What if I took the time to create more friendships, spend quality time with family, or to practice self care? How would my life be different if I stopped rushing, chewed more slowly, listened more intently, and took more breaks? I know I sometimes need a little reminder about how precious my time is and that I need to use it wisely. And maybe it’s not realistic for me to take the time for tea, long walks, and friendships every day, but I can be more present and thankful for the moments when I do.