Sitting in a coffee shop, my bottom numb on a hard wooden chair that sits in the corner far away from an outlet, my laptop in front of me while I quickly type away before it gives in and kills over, constantly thinking about how I have sooo… much to do and no time left to complete it. Sound familiar? Maybe you weren’t in a coffee shop sweating bullets and having a near panic attack, but one time or another we’ve all been in that place where we had so much to do and find ourselves stressing out about not having enough time to get it done.
I heard an interesting phrase today that really put moments like these into a different perspective. When we drink coffee (or at least for me) I’m just chuggin’ away, barely tasting its bittery flavor, only using it as a way to stay awake instead of as an enjoyable tasty beverage. Now, what happens when we drink coffee with two hands? Maybe you’re like me and completely uncoordinated and spill some on your new button down because you realize how difficult it is to change away from habit. When you drink coffee with two hands everything slows down. You take your time to bring the mug to your lips, watching every move so you don’t drench yourself with steamy stain causing madness, and slowly sip the drink like it’s meant to be savored. It’s like you’re in slowmo as the chaotic world whirls past you, everyone else remaining in the loop of repetition, body and minds on autopilot.
It’s amazing the amount of stress we put ourselves through everyday. Having responsibilities, trying to prove yourself to others, trying to prove yourself to YOU, and never giving a second thought to how life really feels, how life is supposed to be, how sweet, bitter, warm, and delicious your coffee tastes.
When you feel stressed or feel as though you are on autopilot, tell yourself to drink your coffee with two hands. Feel that moment, understand what’s going on, and breathe. Finding balance is difficult, especially when we have so much to do in a time span that would make anyone’s head spin, but take a second to slow yourself down. You deserve a moment to breathe.