Wherever you are drinking your tea
Whether at work,
in a cafe,
or at home,
it is wonderful to allow
enough time to appreciate it.
~Thich Nat Hahn
I take this writing to heart. Over the past few years, I find that I don't drink tea much at work anymore. The reason is that I don't have time to be with the tea. The flavor and subtleties are lost on me as I focus on the screen and my tasks. Instead, I drink an herbal brew and reserve my special teas for when I have the space to appreciate them. Oh, if I really need a caffeine pick-me-up, I may pull out something. And I have a few nice teas for the rare times when I'm chatting uninterrupted with a colleague or taking a quiet break. But mostly, I wait to drink tea when it can have more of my attention.
Has your tea drinking changed over time? How so?