A Cup Of Tea Fixes Everything

No matter what is going on in my life there is always a constant certainty….

A cup of tea fixes everything!

There is something strangely calming about putting on the kettle, taking out a pretty china cup or mug, and anticipating sitting in a comfy chair, slowly sipping this hot delight.

It may be coffee, or another beverage for you, but the idea remains the same.

So is it the actual drink, the ritual of making it, or the simple act of breaking the pain cycle, whether physical or mental pain, which causes a cuppa to create a feeling of joyful anticipation?

Let’s Pause For A Moment

For me it’s the whole process. I use my tea making as a pause in my day. I must confess I have many “pauses”.

It’s part of my pacing toolkit. Even the routine of getting dressed takes so much out me. By the time I’ve brushed my teeth, dealt with my stoma, freshened up, put on clean clothes, a little makeup and fixed what’s left of my hair…. I’m done!

The first thing I do is hobble to the kitchen and put the kettle on. If I’m having a really bad day I yell out to my husband from the bathroom;

Sweetie, I’m nearly finished here and I desperately need a cuppa”

The moment finally arrives. Lowering myself carefully, and painfully, into my armchair and reaching for my cup of tea, always causes a sigh of utter relief to be released from my lips.

This is life at it’s simplest but it’s pure joy to me.

It’s more than just a cup of tea.

It signals it’s time to rest a while. It signals I’ve achieved a task. It signals I need time to think and I’ve created space to muse and order my thoughts.

It is often time shared with my husband, who also needs to pace a little. He’ll join me for a cup of tea or coffee and we’ll sit and chat for a while.

He loves Green Tea or freshly brewed coffee, while I love Yorkshire Gold or English Breakfast tea.

My cup of tea also signals it’s time to write. I’ve recently finished the first draft of a manuscript and submitted it to my publisher for editing etc. 71000 words!! It was an epic undertaking and it was fuelled by cups of tea. Many cups of tea!!

I’m sure once the editing process starts many more cups of tea will be consumed….along with my favourite French Vanilla Coffee.

Tea With Friends At Home

Long before COVID entered our world, I had a “virtual” life. A life where my friends were online. The concept of “tea with friends” changed for me since my diagnosis of a rare bone disease and subsequent disability.

I love nothing more than sipping my cup of tea while chatting to my online forum members on Medical Musings With Friends . It seems fitting to engage in the social act of tea drinking while sharing life stories with my online friends.

I want my blog, my Podcast and my forum, to have the feeling of inviting you to come and sit with me and talk about everything and anything. Just as you would with a best friend or favourite family member. I hope my future book will also ignite the same sense of feeling safe, nutured and at home.

There’s the key words…”at home”. A cup of tea and the act of making it, conjures up the feeling of being at home.

As a child I grew up with English parents. I’m sure the humble cuppa was the keystone to our existence. It was engrained in me to put the kettle on, no matter what the circumstance. If we got home from shopping or church, the kettle went on immediately. If we got bad news or good news, the trusty kettle would be boiling within minutes.

I’ve continued this childhood tea making tradition into my own home life and I’m really glad I have. With chronic illness I think chronic tea making is essential. I’m sure it keeps me sane.

Ooh…I can hear the kettle going on. Without me asking my husband has read my mind. He knew I was blogging and he knew what was coming next…..Time for tea!!

I hope you are reading this with a cuppa in hand and if not, please join me in putting the kettle on. Let’s soak up the moment together of anticipating taking time out, to sit, sip and savour for a while.

Cheers

Sam xx

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4 thoughts on “A Cup Of Tea Fixes Everything

  1. My Dearest Sam,

    Your blog always brings joy ,happiness calmness especially those suffering with pain.

    Mobilty problem like you plus cancer like my hubby Charles going through .

    Now I had heart ♥️ attack one after my birthday 7/4 & hubby on 20/4 ..,so friend Joseph came yesterday with cakes,foods,candles etc etc as his 24/4 birthday in April 2021 -so all together cutting the cake for three of us together .

    You must tell me your birth date and your husband’s too -So we can pray and wish each other every year .I know you are much younger than us .So brave ,loving ,caring & helping each other with Cup of tea , which we both love it too .

    I was talking to Joseph who turned 80 yrs & my hubby 86 yrs with ongoing cancer & me 74 yrs ….somehow Sam- your name came up & I showed your writings and your blog ,plus how brave ,God Loving you are .Plus so positive in your daily life .

    We prayed for you and your loving husband too .

    “Maintain Interior Solitude :

    Maintain your holy interior solitude treating one on one with Supreme Good in the inner chamber of your heart . Keep this inner chamber quiet and serene ,peaceful and recollected, and drive away worries,pain,scruples and restlessness as you would a plague . Dear Lord God it is a privilege for me that You brought Sam and her dear husband into our life. Bless them Both always .Let Miracle happen as Jesus healed so may with your Love and Belief and Trust .

    We both want to be Alone with You Dear Lord . To be alone with You in the inner Solitude of our heart . Teach us to keep it free from distractions and disturbances as possible that we may experience always more deeply Your Loving Presence .Amen !”

    God Bless you both Sam and your loving husband .

    Thank you 🙏 Keep on writing and Congratulation on your Award too .

    You are the Best Writer and may tour book be published Soon .

    Happy Creative Writing with Good Health Sam dear .

    Yours lovingly

    Charles & Anna Knight

    On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 at 11:15 AM, My Medical Musings wrote:

    > Sam posted: ” No matter what is going on in my life there is always a > constant certainty…. A cup of tea fixes everything! There is something > strangely calming about putting on the kettle, taking out a pretty china > cup or mug, and anticipating sitting in a comf” >

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    1. Anna and Charles, thank you so so much for such a beautiful comment and such a lovely prayer. I read it to my husband too and we both had tears in our eyes.
      I’m so sorry for the health issues you are both dealing with. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and sending you lots of love xx

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  2. A cuppa, I love it. I am adopting that phrase tomorrow morning when I wake up at 3:00 AM, no bother Sheryl, its time for a cuppa, I will then duck, as she might toss a pillow at my head or a rock. But i like the phrase. Now if I can remember to use it. Its a hit.

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  3. The humble cuppa – it can do so much.
    I will confess that I rarely drank tea throughout my life. Then last year, after my Dad passed away, my niece kept making tea for everyone and I kept drinking it. It somehow felt soothing. Since then, I nearly always have a mug of tea by my side. Very often it is cold because I forget it’s there! But whether it’s hot, lukewarm or cold, I am now a self-confessed tea Jenny (as we say in Scotland.)

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