“Let’s grab a coffee,” I say to my friends or colleagues.
“Have you got time for a cuppa?” says my mum.
“Smoko time,” say the guys on the tools, working on our new shed.
Driving to work I see the council workers, up since sparrows, sitting under a tree having their morning tea.
It’s an institution, having a cuppa, grabbing a coffee, smoko, morning tea, having a break. And, as a non tea or coffee drinker, it took me a long time to figure it out. Even as I’m asking someone to catch up for coffee (I drink a soy hot chocolate in winter and peppermint tea in summer).
But sharing a cup of something hot (or cold) with someone gives you just the right amount of time to catch up with them. To ‘visit’ as they say in those old southern American movies and TV shows. It can go as long, or as short, as you need, as the speed in which you drink your beverage is proportional to how much talking is going on. And by the time you get to the bottom of the cup you’ve usually said all there is to say, caught up on news, talked through the new idea or business proposal, or had enough of a break to catch your breath and get back to work.
Lately I’ve started having a cup of peppermint tea with myself around 10am each day. With my home made dairy free chocolate mud muffin of course. I look forward to it. Sometimes its the highlight of my day. The work part of the day anyway, when I’m neck deep in tax stuff and not having much fun. And even if I sit at my desk I take a break from whatever I’m working on. Think about other stuff for a while. Maybe even do a sneaky check of Facebook.
And I come back refreshed. My brain benefits from the change of pace as much as the muscles of those manual workers benefit from having a break at smoko time.
So now I finally get it. It’s not about the beverage. It’s about the natural rhythm. It’s about spending just the right amount of time with someone so you both enjoy each others company but don’t take over each others day. It’s about giving your body a break from physical labour and getting back to work refreshed to tackle the next task. It’s about your brain having time to recharge, not burnout, so you can give 100% to the job you’re working on.
Try it. I recommend it.
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