Contemplating Life and Tea

I wanted to say, "God, help us!" but I remembered what I always heard when I was growing up, "God only helps those who help themselves." I guess we were told that to keep us moving forward. Lazy wasn't in our DNA, neither was staying in bed past daybreak.

Lately I have been struggling with the stalemate our political system is in, and now the horrors of El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. My heart breaks for these innocent souls. It left me wondering about life. . . our democracy . . . and how this darkness has drifted across our world.

I poured a cup of Darjeeling and went out on the patio. It was early - the stillness overwhelming. I wondered why I chose Darjeeling this morning, but relishing in the clean, deliciousness of its simplicity. Life was once simple, but that was long ago. I remembered playing in the streets until dark and running for the house when Mom or Dad would call us in. It was a simpler time.

I have been blending different teas, wild and wonderful blends, but today the Darjeeling has caused me to think, "Whatever happened to just a simple cup of tea?"

I poured me another cup. I think this will be my tea of choice for awhile. I need the simplicity. Simple is good and the texture of each leaf unfurls its magic with each sip. As for the state of our 'union' - I've never been much of one for going backwards, but maybe as we move forward we can find 'a simpler life' once again. One filled with love and compassion - embracing life and the universe, and a simple cup of tea.

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