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Life Lessons & The Coffee Maker

Many years ago I was at home when from the other room I heard a loud crash and a distressed sounding, “Oh no!” Our younger daughter came to me crying and blurted out, “I didn’t mean to…I broke your coffee pot.” I calmly asked, “You did?” Then to her surprise I hugged her, smiled and said, “Thank you.” She stopped crying as I explained that everything including coffee pots had a life and its time had come. I went on to explain that I'd been ready for quite a while to say good-bye to that particular appliance and now she gave me a good reason to do so. I was grateful.

I often think about that story. To this day, Cassie is still surprised by my reaction. When we’re ready to let go, we can do so almost effortlessly. We might even feel giddy. We are open to the next phase and new possibilities. That’s not the case, however, when we’re not ready.

Fast forward to now, fall 2010. I recently had another coffee maker mishap. This time it was completely my doing. I’m still not sure exactly how I managed this, but as I was putting the pot back on its burner, I knocked the glass into the edge of our kitchen counter and the pot broke.

As I cleaned up the pieces of glass, I remembered what I had said to Cassie, “Everything has a life.” Its time had come. A few days passed and I went shopping for a replacement. The new models were big and chunky looking with more features than I needed. I was frustrated and angry that I couldn’t find a simple, sleek automatic coffee maker. Even though it was just a coffee maker, I was mourning the loss of the one I had. Some of you are surely thinking, “Linda, get a grip! It’s only a coffee maker!” It’s replaceable. It’s not human. It’s just an object.

Why couldn’t things just remain as they were? I suppose that’s how it goes. Sometimes we’re poised and ready to let go, move on and embrace change and possibilities. At other points, we aren’t and need time to transition to the new.

While my husband is not a coffee drinker, he was sympathetic to my problem. After my unsuccessful shopping excursion, he volunteered to search the internet for a solution I’d like. He ordered one and it should arrive any day now. Interestingly enough, as I wait for the delivery, my thoughts have shifted away from loss and are focused now with positive anticipation. I’m looking forward to once again smelling the fabulous aroma of coffee brewing, experiencing that luxurious first sip of morning joe and sharing a full pot of java, food and good conversation with my family and friends.

What wonderful possibilities wait for you as you prepare to let go?

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Reader Comments (10)

Here's the P.S. to the story. Just as I posted this blog, the doorbell rang. It was our UPS man handing me the box with the new coffee maker. I was amazed at the timing. Can't wait to enjoy the wafting of the coffee aroma tomorrow morning!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oh Linda- that was just beautiful! Thanks for the great writing again.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea from OWisdom

Linda - such great examples of letting go with grace.

October 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Prince

Everyone should have a friend who is a mosaic artist. When something breaks at my house, I think: Niki will love that!

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSB

hi Linda..
I am a big fan of coffee. I really liked your article and it added to my insight in coffee.
thank you

Love all of your comments here. Andrea, Terry & SB- Somehow I missed seeing your comments when you posted them originally. I'm thrilled to read them now.
@Andrea- Appreciate your positive feedback
@Terry- It all hinges in the letting go
@SB- the idea of a mosaic artist repurposing some of life's mishaps

Appreciate this recent addition...
@Fajar- As a coffee reviewer and fan, glad to see that this post added to your perspective

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a beatiful idea! Great post

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOrdenyconcierto

Ordenyconcierto- Thank you so much for your positive feedback and for sharing this post on Twitter too. You're wonderful!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great to keep things in perspective, especially with the kiddos! :) Thanks for the life lesson!

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Whiting

Roger- It's all about perspective, isn't it? So glad you stopped by to read the post and join the conversation.

August 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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