Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The virtues of tea.....
“I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy." ~ James Boswell
I agree with how Mr. Boswell feels.
I too feel there is a "virtue" that comes along drinking tea.
Who really needs "spirits" of any kind when you can choose tea?
It's calming it's soothing,it's simple, it's got a balance to it that we need in life. It can be medicinal. it is affordable and assessable. It isn't hard to prepare.
No one goes to jail after drinking too much of it and driving. It is of all things.....yes....."virtuous."
Virtue. That's a very special word when you think about it.
Let me define it for you, Mr. Webster says this......virtue is:
"a beneficial quality or power of a thing." Oh yeah. Tea is just that now then isn't it??
Are you depressed, stressed out......tired? Need a pickup...then warm up the teapot. Put on some nice classical music, make yourself a cuppa and then just go sit in a chair......or a tub of water and relax. Read a book. Whatever.....just take a moment for yourself to unwind in a "virtuous" way.
We need "virtuous" things in our lives. Virtue will help us to maintain who we are in the days ahead it will enable us to stay faithful, content, truthful, kind hearted, level minded and just, to name a few things.
Virtue is a gift that people will see in us and want when we exhibit it.
Just like there are many flavors and blends of teas.....there is only one type of virtue, but you can add it into whatever your situation is. You can season "virtue" into your actions,etc. etc.
Here is something for you to meditate on while your holding your "virtuous" teeming cup of tea.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
While there are so many things for us to think on negatively out there in the course of a day.....we must NOT forget that there are just as many "VIRTUOUS" things we can focus on as well and do. There are people and situations that are virtuous too. This my friends is a GOOD thing. Hold fast to those kinds of thoughts. People need to see "virtue" in us!
I think I am going to try to start working that word more into my vocabulary.....it's something we don't say or use enough and it's a powerful little word.
Virtue, virtue, virtue, virtue......sounds nice.