I have so many tea ideas and experiences to share with you that I almost don’t know where to begin! But something keeps bringing me back to last night. It was well past mid-night and I lay awake as gale-force winds pounded my windows. I couldn’t help but think of how fortunate I am to have a home to shelter in, yet there are mind-bogglingly over 100, 000 Australians without this privilege; many of whom will likely be sleeping outside, enduring this storm the hard way.
My mind wandered to how I could help; perhaps distributing tea on cold evenings? Putting my professional preferences aside to serve a cup of comforting black tea with milk and sugar? I fell asleep before finishing the train of thought.
Recently, I’ve been noticing conversations about doing work that makes you happy and I am among the first to encourage anyone wanting to follow their passion. Deciding to work with tea is probably the best choice I have ever made. The world would certainly be a better place if more people did what truly made them come alive!
But there are also a few quieter voices that I’d like to amplify; ones that are encouraging us to do work that makes a difference. In a recent impassioned plea, David Hood of Doing Something Good says: “Doing work that contributes to making the world a better place should be the default position. You, who say you’ve sold your soul, your choice matters – choose to do good work. Please.”
There are many more people I am blessed to know that embody this in their own unique ways, utilising their particular talents to leave the world a better place.
Which brings me back to tea as service. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to support Kinfolk and Journeys for Climate Justice simply by offering tea classes to raise awareness and funds for them. It’s a privilege to serve tea to the Calm in the City meditation community each week. But I know there is a lot more I can do and want to do through tea. Whether it be to help those who are homeless, disconnected or perhaps the tea farmers at origin who make the tea.. How much difference can I make through tea? I’m excited to discover how this will unfold.
To finish, I’d like to share this beautiful article on real purpose in life called ‘Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Resume?‘ I found this thought-provoking, lovely and inspiring. I hope you do also.
With that, I’ll make myself another cup of Assam tea (drunk black, no sugar!)
How do you or would you like to utilise your unique passions or skills to make a difference in the world?
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