On my way to work today, I thought about stopping for a latte. I have not had one in a long time! I had a goal of limiting them each week and that turned into really not having any. I got to thinking about WHY I was stopping for a latte.
Was I hungry? No.
Was I thirsty? No.
Was I craving coffee or caffeine? No.
So, why have I been stopping all these years for a latte?
I have plenty of time to consider that question and the best I can come up with is HABIT.. and a craving for the "idea" of a warm cup of coffee in a setting that I really enjoying being in. It is a craving for an ideal... the quintessential cafe.. the Norman Rockwell moment... that homey feeling that a great coffee shop brings. HABIT in this case is completely mindless. I am not ok with that kind of living anymore. Mindless living a waste of precious moments. if I stop, I want to be aware of WHY I stop. And... if it is for the great feeling a coffee shop fills me with - GREAT! But I want to be mindful about that decision. And, if it is for the feeling, then the calorie laden latte is not necessary. A hot steaming tea will do the trick too.
So today, when I got the thought that I wanted to stop for a latte, at one of my favorite coffee shops, I paused to ask myself why I was stopping. Since the actual coffee was not the reason, I thought maybe I will just stop for tea and get my "feeling" fix. And then, as I drove by, I realized that I really did not need the tea or the fix either. And, I was good with that. I know I will be visiting another coffee shop this Sunday after a long bike ride, so I am still going to get my "feeling" fix. I will have my knitting. I will have a latte. I will have a great conversation with a good friend. And I will have that great feeling.
Frankly, it feels just as good to be aware and to stop for the right reasons.
May your decision to day be mindful and feel AWESOME!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Why not? is a slogan for an interesting life."
MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My mountain -- Aint' she stunning!?