Have a Cup of Tea

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We live in times where there are so many choices and so much information coming at us from all directions. Like it or not, multi-tasking is a way of life for most of us. Deadlines make things easy. When I have a deadline, I know I have to produce something at a certain time on a certain day. I find it comforting to know exactly what I need to do when I need to do it. For many years I was only in work mode – focus, focus, focus. What’s next? Move on to the next task. Follow up, reach out, review, evaluate, make a call, attend a meeting, make lists, lists and more lists. My ‘down’ time consisted of daily meditation and daily walks. An occasional movie by myself was an indulgence on a weekend. Ok, where is this leading up to here? Yes, things have changed. Not that there was anything wrong before. I was certainly doing all I could to make the best use of my time. I am finding that spaces are opening up in new experiences. An entire Saturday with no plans, no schedule, no commitments – oh my, what to do? Nothing. Is this possible to just flow along with no agenda whatsoever? Left to my own devices, I tend to create agendas. But now I am enjoying myself with a friend who is here just to hang out with no agenda. This moment has suddenly come alive with possibility. Do I know what time it is? Do I care? The closest word I can come up with to describe my experience today is simply love. Love can be a dangerous word containing a lot of baggage – expectations, requirements, obligations, commitments and traditional roles males and females end up playing in a relationship.I am not experiencing any of that. I am simply experiencing love and I am not afraid to say it. My friend said, “Do you know the best thing to do when you don’t know what to do?” I shook my head, thinking the answer was probably “Nothing.” He then said, “The only thing to do when you don’t know the answer is ‘have a cup of tea’. Brilliant! So far, on this Saturday in Mumbai, I have experienced love, had a cup of tea and written this blog – a most enjoyable day!

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