Today my tea bag told me

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I have a friend staying with me in Lowell. I am not sure who is more excited, my cats or me. It is not often that we get visitors, so this is a big deal.

Each night when I get home from work, I ask her to tell me about her day. Exciting events range from ethnic foods at the neighborhood Market Basket to a walker frozen in the canal.

When I got home from work the other day, she responded to my question and pointed at a mug on the counter.

“Today my tea bag told me,” she said. I lifted the tiny, paper square, turned it over, and read the words ‘be proud of who you are.’

“If only I could follow its advice,” she sighed.

I should probably give that a try, too. I get so immersed in the ups and downs of the day to day and the emotions this uplift and submersion tends to cause that I forget to remember the bigger picture.

In the last year, I have taken to displaying notes from myself to myself, along with tea bag words of wisdom, in various, key locations around my apartment. These notes are meant as reminders to think positively, embrace life, and all-around try to feel good about myself.

Easier said than done, for me at least. I tend to be far more successful at offering sage advice than incorporating said wisdom into my own daily rhythm and mindset.

In the spirit of sharing knowledge rather than keeping it all to myself, here are a few more tea bag insights.

“He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.” ~ Wise saying from the Orient

“The choices you make will change the world.”

And from fortune cookie land:

“Do not wait for others to open the right doors for you.”

“Focus on trusting your intuition and you will get through it.”

So, what are we waiting for?

Carpe diem!

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