This post has been weeks in the making. As per my 2017 theme of light, I am identifying unhealthy eating and drinking habits, starting with coffee. Coffee by itself, in moderation, is NOT unhealthy, and many scientific studies show it has many health benefits. But the way I drink coffee is NOT healthy… due to the addition of 3-4 tbsp of sweetened creamer, which adds 120 calories and a hefty amount of sugar to this otherwise delightful nectar of the gods. So I set out on a journey to remove the crap I add to coffee – i.e. drink it black.
I found a sweet blog about how to purchase and prepare coffee to your liking, in an effort to drink coffee in its purest form. I was excited to be able to share progress with friends and readers, and possibly pictures of myself looking overjoyed while sipping plain, black coffee. While I followed a few tips of the aforementioned blog, I skipped ahead and just started drinking coffee black. And I realized something in the process – I don’t like coffee.
Then it happened. Coffee and I broke up. But, dear coffee, please know it’s not you, it’s me! Here, all these years, I tried to make you something you weren’t. I had to let you go so I could grow…
Okay, okay, this is sounding slightly ridiculous, but here is the moral of the story: sometimes, we do things in life and they become part of our routine, our habits, when maybe they shouldn’t. At some point, it’s good to question these things – your faith, your political views, your health, your finances – the hard stuff! In a time when nearly everyone has a very social or public opinion, we often feel obligated to pick a side. But rather than jumping on a bandwagon, we should take a pause and do a wee bit of soul searching. When we bring light into these areas of life, we may just discover we need to make some changes, ones that will have meaningful and long-lasting effects on our lives. Why? Because as a wise teenager once said:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.
And even if you aren’t missing life, you may not be living it to its fullest. Making the choice to quit coffee may seem trivial, but I know it’s one of many positive changes to come this year. So cheers to light in 2017 – bring it!
P.S. I am now drinking green tea (with raw honey – a much healthier addition), and we are very happy together.