Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. –Maele Moore
I like this quote. It exemplifies an attitude of resourcefulness and optimism. The phrase “bread and water” brings up images of drab sadness in a labor camp. “Toast and tea” is a bright room with a cozy book. The difference being a few plant leaves and a toaster (butter can’t hurt.)
Some days, the gap between harshness and contentment can seem too wide. Often it takes another person to point out the sturdy bridge located a heartbeat to the left of me. I try to be open to these nudges, but I can get lost in my head, narrow and never-ending.
(I have yet to meet an Earl Grey I didn’t like. I use essential oils for medicinal purposes: chest rubs for cough and cold, hair tonics, face mists, a drop of lavender on clean sheets- ahhh. Bergamot oil is that lovely flavor in Earl Grey. It comes from a citrus fruit in southern Italy. Perhaps my 1/4 cup of Italian heritage makes me love it so…)
Where in my life can I turn ‘bread and water’ into ‘toast and tea’? I often feel trapped by the neediness of my body: consistent bedtime, good eating habits, daily exercise. These things are ‘bread and water’, therefore the quest is to look around for some sparkly leaves and a mystical heat source to make a transformation into ‘toast and tea’. Only a small miracle…
I’ve succeed with the consistent bedtime. Once I realized how strictly I needed it to prevent headaches and help with sleep issues, it wasn’t as challenging as I feared. I had to start saying “no” to late evening people and activities. As a result, I have quiet evenings at home, which I am enjoying. No screen-time past a certain hour has led me to reading books or playing games with the fam. ‘Toast and tea’ success!
And the other two parts? Tea (is that irony?) is a delightful part of my diet. And I like having home-cooking time for healthy meals. But exercise is still ‘bread and water’. Workin’ on that.
Where have you transformed something into ‘toast and tea’?
Move with intention.