Take the Time You Need

Take the time you need. No one will give it to you otherwise.

Take the time you need it takes to boil water. To set out wares for tea. To sit.

Take the time you need to breathe in and to exhale.

Take the time you need to step away from work. To put space between you and your job. Between you and your expectations. Between the expectations you have of others and the expectations others have of you.

Take the time you need to pour boiled water into pot. Boiled water from pot to empty cup. Warmed cup to waste water bowl.

Take the time to sort through leaves, to pick those you want to steep, to place them into the open pot.

Take the time you need to inhale aromas awakening, sense flavors arising, arouse thoughts from a curious mind.

Take the time you need to brew tea leaves. As much time as you need. As much time as the tea likes to steep. As much time you like to sit.

Pour out brewed liquid into cup and take time to ponder how long it will take you to drink it up.

Take the time you need to do all of this. Again and again and again if you need.

Take the time you need to take up space, both here in this world but also in your mind and in your heart.

Take the time you need to stretch out your body, your wanting soul, your unmet desires.

Stretch each thin until opaque becomes transparent and take the time you need to explore each facet of yourself. Of your inner world and outer world. Of your insides and of your surroundings.

Take the time you need. Take all that you can spare. And when you’re done, return back to your day, knowing you’ve given yourself the time you need.

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Dear Beloved Blog Reader,

Upon publishing this article, I thought I’d offer my afterthoughts on writing my 200th blogpost on Scotttea, which I’ve included below.

Thank you for your support, your feedback, your continued readership.

Thank you,

Scott

“Take the time you need”

Words that kept rattling around in my head.

I have not been on social media for a short bit and I plan not to be on for a while longer. Life, expectations, social and professional demands. These things can push one inwards and, hopefully, allow for an investigation into what truly matters.

Years of being on social media, fighting screen addiction, and fretting daily about am I on too much or too little has come to this. A breath. A long, drawn-out breath. I’ve chosen to just sit with this feeling and to just engage with the act of not acting, not using online life to become a replacement for the real thing.

Hikes in the forests with friends. Sunlight and the warmth of a Summer’s day. The slow growth of gourds in the garden. The sounds of birds in the trees.

I can’t cling to these things but I also can’t capture them and share them the way technology seems to want to promise it can. Can we truly experience these phenomena through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Twitch? Can an hour on YouTube teach you both how to fix your furnace and fix your life?

Will comments and likes, link shares and photo album memories spark the real change we all need to see in our lifetimes? Or, is it a carousel that keeps us spinning, approximating forward motion but amounting to stasis, to stagnation over decades of use and being used?

For all this, I feel like I still have accomplished nothing. Friendships and memories are the jewels drawn from this hard time spent and these I cherish.

200 blogposts on tea. Digital paper and words. Flavors and phantasms. Pictures and poetry about things long passed.

I hope for more meaningful moments. More life not led online. More connection through cups of tea shared, not facilitated through fiber optic cables.

Summer comes but once a year. In our lifetimes, perhaps, if we’re lucky, we’ll experience enough to count 100. Then where will these Summer’s warm days be? In memories. In the sensations of heat against our skin as we sip from warmed cups of tea. From the feelings of friends and family whom we still can meet.

To do this, all this, we must all take the time we need.

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4 responses to “Take the Time You Need

  1. Sweden A.

    Daily decompressing is so important 🍵
    I totally agree that online activity shouldn’t hamper real-life activity. It is a charity for you to spend the time and effort to blog, and I’m sure it touches many people. Congrats on this 200th post!

  2. Paul

    Hi Scott,
    thanks for your efforts of the blog. I enjoy reading it and it helps me a lot on my tea journey. After this article I was afraid that you would stop writing.
    That was unfounded because there is another article.
    There are two points I would like to make:
    you don’t have to take time – and no one can give it to you. A German poet (Thomas Rosenlöcher) writes in his poem: Am Rande Roms “Denn wer begriffen hat, wie kurz das Leben ist, hat Zeit.”
    On the other hand, we are not only in the world for ourselves, but also for other people. i.e. we have to help our fellow men with our work and our knowledge. Even if the means to do so is as inadequate as, for example, the Internet.
    Without the Internet, your blog would not exist and my joy to be able to read your articles and learn from you.
    Thank you for that.
    Paul

    Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

    • Paul,
      A beautiful message and reflection on the aspect of time and one’s place in the world. I especially appreciate the invocation of the poem.
      Thank you for reading my blog. I hope one day that I can exist outside of the internet so reading it wouldn’t involve any form of logging on/in/out.
      Thank you for reading and sharing.
      -Scott

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