As I was unpacking my many mugs about a month ago, the idea for new blog entries emerged. What would it look like to think about what each mug I used met to me. What memories it told. What it was pointing me to in the future.
Those who know me best know that I find comfort in cups of tea. I usually start out the day with a strong cup of black tea, followed by a green energizing tea in the afternoon, and a soothing herbal tea before bed.. There is something almost magical about tea, the way 2 steaming mugs can draw strangers into a conversation at a coffee shop or reunite 2 friends that haven't seen each other in a while.
One of my newer mugs has one of my favorite Disney characters on the front, depicted amongst a scene from the sea - Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo tells the story of a little fish who was the prize of his dad's eye and whom he feircly protected because others saw him as not quite whole with his smaller fin. Nemo defies his father one day, which leads to him being captured and the rest of the movie is spent with his father passionately doing whatever it takes to bring him back home. I could watch this movie just about every day and find something new that speaks to me.
This morning my Finding Nemo mug was filled with Mango Ceylon tea. Steam coming out of the top. As much as the picture on the front remind me of my favorite movie, its the words that speak to me: "Find your happy place". My happy place isn't a physical location, per say. Its situations where I find joy. Reading a good book. Talking with my congregation members about their hopes and dreams. Visiting a shut in and enjoying a cold cup of water over life stories together. Sewing gifts for friends. Cooking elaborate meals.
Two different friends this week commented on how much happier I seem in my present situation. Not because everything is perfect or because the last situation was bad. Simply because I have found a happy place, a place filled with joy and peace and support. We all need such places in our lives, safe places, where we can retreat and simply be who we are and do what we love. Sadly, I'm not sure many people have such a happy place in today's world, for a variety of reasons.
What would you need in order to find your happy place?
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