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On taking back the mornings

I read Joshua’s post on Taking Back the Morning the other day and he opened with this statement:

If the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup, then something’s wrong.

Taking Back the Morning

And it got me thinking — you see, for me, the best part of waking up is my morning coffee. It’s what kick-starts my morning routine that includes writing, studying, reading, and exercise without any distractions.

I find my process of preparing coffee mindful. The act of placing your pour-over carafe, placing the paper filter inside the dripper, dampening it, boiling the water, grinding the fresh (relatively) coffee beans, and pouring hot water is an experience. It’s meditative. It’s centering. It’s slows you down while activating your senses.

Taking that first sip from the cup makes me feel grateful and appreciative of all the little and big things I have been blessed with. And then, I write…

Would I dare to experiment with anything different? Absolutely not! The routine above is what adds meaning to my life and I wouldn’t want to change it for anything else. Unless, it stops adding value to my life.

Until then, I’d say that coffee is the best part of my morning routine followed by all the great little things I get to do everyday.

Of course, this wouldn’t work for everyone. And some people may feel they’re going to die if they don’t have their cup of coffee. That’s quite different from what I described above. The idea is to find meaning in what you do.

If a cup of coffee is meant to give you a jolt so you’re able to drag yourself to do things, you probably need a different strategy. Start with identifying what’s the most meaningful to you and work your way up.

But if that isn’t you, both Joshua and I do agree that, “There’s nothing wrong if you look up to your morning coffee.