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Truth on a Starbucks Sleeve

January 26, 2009

coffeeIt’s wet, cold, and rainy here in Dallas. I’m off work today as well due to a severe case of strep throat. Before my husband left to workout with his friend Jay, I hinted that I would love a warm cup of Starbucks. A few hours later he came in the door with one. I was so happy he remembered! While sipping on my white chocolate mocha, I noticed the writing on the sleeve advertising their new Tea Time drinks. It read ‘Your next “action item”: Do as Little As Possible.’ 

I just loved reading this simply because that is what I’m trying to do in my life. I don’t know if you struggle as much as I do with that “to-do list”. I have things to get done and when they don’t get done, I get frustrated. And sometimes my mood is determined by what hasn’t been done. I don’t focus on what has been done. As Americans I think we also characterize success by what we “do.” But I think we can be successful and still do only a little. Little in the fact that we’ve come to understand priorities, moderation, and balance in day to day life. Not being so overcommitted or stressing ourselves out to the point of physical, mental, and spiritual exhaustion. Maybe it even comes down to not being so hard on ourselves to be all things to all people.

I saw this lived out on my trips to Argentina, Guatemala, and Africa. Tea time and siestas was a daily thing. They lived simple lives, they loved well, and were relationally driven. They probably have less heart attacks than we do. 

Success in the simple really is attainable. I’m striving hard for it. Do you think living a simple life is possible in our culture today?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jakrieger permalink
    January 26, 2009 11:34 pm

    I love the post babe! It’s so simple but SO TRUE! Love you!

  2. Anna permalink
    January 27, 2009 12:17 am

    I’m totally with you on this one. Charlie and I honeymooned on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It was totally amazing. There is virtually no crime of any kind, there. No one wanted anything, they didn’t didn’t envy what someone else had, they were happy with “just enough.” The national past time was swimming in rivers. Can you imagine living somewhere so restful? They were fit and healthy, with the exception of some STD epidemics. Everyone was friendly, genuinely caring about who we were. We should try to be more like that! (Well, you know, without the STD’s. ) 🙂 Hope you feel better, soon!

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