Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Embrace a Soothing Ritual

Waking up to early morning darkness is not so fun. When my alarm clock goes off in the morning, I'm not really thrilled to get out of my warm bed and head toward the shower. But there's one thing that inspires me about my morning routine: coffee.

It actually brings a smile to my face to think about my coffee brewing as I'm getting ready each morning.

We had dinner with some friends tonight, and they were telling us about little routines they have each day that they love. The husband has a little chocolate and wine while he stays up late and reads each night. And the wife has fancy espresso with frothed milk each morning. They also have a carbonation machine to turn tap water into bubbly water in seconds. (My husband was practically drooling over that little invention. Who knew that even existed?) The neat thing was that describing these little routines brought a smile to their faces. And this really got me thinking about how small things can have big effects.

I mean, if I'm running late and don't have time to have my coffee in the morning? It's going to be a rough day.


The point is that everyone has some sort of ritual that is soothing. And this brings us a bit of happiness. Nothing groundbreaking, just a little reward built into our day somehow. And I think we should embrace those little rewards. Recognize them as kind of special. This is how we cope with stress. How we soothe ourselves in a busy world. How we prompt ourselves to get up into a dark, chilly morning and even smile while we're at it.

What soothing ritual can you not live without?

By the way, I'm currently watching Weeds (the pic above is from the show), and I get such a kick out of the writers' portrayal of suburban coffee lovers. Apparently my love of iced lattes is oh so suburban. :)


  1. I used to really like Weeds, but then it got weird. Not sure if you're to the weird part yet. Season 4???

    I don't know what my ritual is, but something was totally off this morning, and I couldn't figure out what! I wish I had a ritual to fix it! I went somewhere other than my office first thing, but I tried to drink the same thing I would at my office, the same amount, sleep the same amount, dress the same, eat breakfast the same....just off still. I'm at a loss. I guess sometimes you just can't fool your body into thinking things are normal when they're not.

  2. We're just getting to the weird part. Yeah, season 4 is kinda crazy! And hope you fall back into a rhythm again on Monday morning. :)