A Little Peace & Quiet

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This is a story about lifestyle, the way I work and my little side business of Tea.  I chose this lifestyle: creating woodcrafts.  The choice was made for the piece and quiet that follows, but it’s never that simple. 

A Relationship with Woodcrafts

A good day starts with peace and quiet in the morning to clear my mind and prepare myself.  Not only does my work offer this lifestyle, but it absolutely requires it.  My work uses many razor-sharp tools to cut accurate, square lines into the wood, creating nice finishes and tight joints.  And the alternative: a messy mind leads to messy hands and rushed work.  This typically means cutting in the wrong place, or worse: cutting myself.  Peace and quiet is not just a result, but a requirement.  For a good day at work, I need to be calm, relaxed and concentrated.

A Relationship with Tea

Appreciating tea is a similar experience.  A rushed experience is nothing more than sipping on a cup of, what some might call, a weak flavored drink.  The best enjoyment with a good tea both offers and requires the calm, relaxed and concentrated mind.  This is best done with the complete tea ceremony.­­

The ceremony is not difficult, but it develops a sense of focus.  Brew tea for a given time to the desired taste, filter into the larger pot, and share with your friends.  As you taste the tea, notice the fragrance, bitterness and sweetness.  Pay attention to how the fragrance lingers after you sip, and as it fills the room.  Pay attention to the changing flavor as the tea cools.  Good tea may have a delicate flavor compared to other drinks, but it’s full of life when given the right attention.

The side business of tea is about sharing the quality and experience that I found lacking in my local market.  Visit CHOCHOO-ca-CHEW and become a part of the experience!

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