Given that it’s Wednesday in my part of the world and the week feels like it’s flying by, I thought it would be nice to just take a little break. A ‘time-out’ if you will. Would you care to join me? … Perhaps like me you drink coffee? Or maybe the prospect of a sweet treat is more your thing? (I think a little of both works well for me).
Most days I find myself in a hurry – there’s never enough time, there’s always too long to wait, and I just can’t bear being stuck in a slow moving queue. Even when I take a break for coffee in the morning I try to take as little time as possible by grabbing a takeaway flat white from the closest cafe. Sure the coffee is great, but the experience isn’t very relaxing and just buys into more of that ‘rush, rush, rush’ feeling. I feel like I’ve taken on the spirit of Alice’s White Rabbit – ‘I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!‘. Living life in a constant panicked state isn’t much life (or fun) at all.
Something I’ve recently discovered is the pleasure of taking myself out for a proper coffee at a proper cafe. The whole experience is so much more relaxing and leisurely. There’s also something particularly lovely about drinking from a real cup and eating with real utensils. Instead of sipping from my takeaway cup and taking bites of food at my desk, by taking an actual break away from work, it becomes more meaningful.
So, shall I pull up an extra chair at the table next time so you can join me? Or maybe you’ve found a different way to slow things down in your week?