Tea Break




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‘There’s more to life than increasing its speed’  Gandhi

Tea is very important to life and work  Taking time out to have a break, as any workman will tell you, is time well spent.  So the work isn’t going very well;  taking time away from it will somehow, magically, alter the situation.  Bashing one’s head against the proverbial brick wall will only create a headache, not solve the problem.

Tea can have a profound effect on the thoughts that crash around our cerebral regions.  Alcohol can too – but that usually ends in tears so we won’t go too far in that direction.  There is coffee to consider too – quite a buzz that can provide but it really is not in the same league as tea.  There is a quality to tea that defies all understanding;  it enhances our lives. Our predecessors didn’t rush around multi tasking, never taking a break,  No, they found time to enjoy the moment and did great things afterwards.

Tea picture The Beatles

The Beatles on a tea break

That’s the je ne sais quoi behind a tea break.  Great things can happen whilst sipping at the cup of golden liquor.  It allows contemplation, and contemplation can lead to great things.

According to Thomas Troward

‘the law of flotation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things but by contemplating the floating of things.’

Stepping out of the way when things are not going quite according to plan allows us to climb out of the groove that the problem is creating in our heads.  We are given the opportunity to think of something else.  Making real tea with real tea leaves (as opposed to the appaling 10-second dunk of a tea bag) gives us at least 5 minutes of making and brewing and then another 10 minutes to drink and think of other things.  So that adds up to the old-fashioned 15 minute tea break.  And what could we achieve in that time that we couldn’t if we still had heads down to the keyboard.  Well, who knows.  It could be anything, great or small.  What is for certain is that floating is far better than sinking.



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