We can have some pretty incredible experiences without even leaving our house. We don’t think of them as experiences. They are usually seen as something that just happens. It goes unnoticed for the most part. It becomes a part of our routine. But when it does, we miss the experience.
For me, coffee is an experience. From start to finish, there is so much that is pretty incredible. It starts when the coffee beans arrive to my home. We do our best to make sure the coffee is fair trade – meaning the workers were paid fairly for their labor. Sometimes they have been roasted local. Someone has taken the time to roast them just right with the perfect tones to make the beans sing. They do sing if you listen well. Opening the package and smelling the goodness inside, grinding up the beans, and deciding how much is needed is all part of the experience. I don’t like to set my timer on my coffee maker. I want to hear the percolating. I want to hear the coffee drip into the pot. I want to be there as the aroma fills my kitchen. Coffee is not meant to be consumed quickly. It is meant to be enjoyed at a pace that causes us to slow and to simply breathe for a moment. No need to rush goodness. Why would you want to?
Coffee may not be an experience in your home. For some, it is the experience of creating a meal. Or it is the joy of having clean clothes. It is often considered menial everyday tasks by too many of us. But there is something to the things we do. There are simple joys in our day that we miss. There are experiences that are at our fingertips for us to enjoy if we would just stop long enough to pay attention.
Today, may your life be filled with good experiences. May you find simple joys in the often mundane. May you see the goodness in the often overlooked. May you find happiness, right in your own home.
23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord
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