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Friday
Apr012011

My Tea Said, "Let Go!"

I like many things. One of them is Yogi Tea. While the tea is delicious, what I like most are the sayings they put on every tea bag hangtag. Each time I make a cup of tea, it’s like opening a fortune cookie, which I also love. There is a moment of anticipation as I grab my glasses to read the Yogi Tea wisdom. I pause to reflect about the idea.

At a recent teatime, the hangtag said, “True wealth is the ability to let go of your possessions.”  Since we’ve just begun our first full month of spring and my blog will be focusing this month about letting go, it seemed like the ideal time to share the Yogi Tea bag story.

It’s an interesting quote because in our society, the message emphasized is often about collecting, gathering and acquiring bigger and better. Marketers encourage us to accumulate more money and stuff.

In contrast, as a professional organizer for almost 20 years, I’ve been helping people manage, organize and de-acquire their things. The amount of papers, toys, clothing, collections and supplies have become overwhelming for many.  People crave simplicity and calm both internally and externally. The acquisition and management of those possessions is often at the root of much of their daily stress and anxiety.

The Yogi quote also made me think about who we are in relation to our things. Do our possessions define who we are? Or, is our true self worth deep within, having nothing to do with what we own, how we dress, or the things that surround us?

Lastly, I wonder if our things have taken over our lives to the degree that they are preventing us from moving ahead. What about the idea of letting go in order to be able to go forward? Are your things preventing growth? Are they taking up too much mental energy, time and space? Are they taking you away from what is most important to you?

All I wanted was a cup of tea. I got so much more.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on letting go, the tea quote or anything else you’d like to share. What are you thinking?

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Come join in the conversation. What are your thoughts about letting go?

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oh, Linda, my Yogi tea told me that real happiness was "just being here." How sage!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Trelstad

Yogi Tea has been my oracle over the last year, advising me through depression recovery (I'm getting there), and training for and completing my first triathlon. Last week, my cup of Kava Stress Relief offered this:
Mantras you shouldn't say: I don't know; I'm not ready; I can't do it.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Julie & Mary,
Love your Yogi tea quotes! I'm glad there are others out there that are also find words of wisdom in some unusual places. Thank you for sharing. Love the "just being here" and the wonderful string of "shouldn't mantras." Fabulous stuff.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this post for all that you share about letting go. Catching the momentum of letting go often depends on a compelling reason, so very compelling that letting go becomes joyful. Thanks for sharing this!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Thanks, Ellen for your addition to the conversation. I'm glad to see that you were able to post and appreciate your persistence. The idea of joy being in the letting go equation or process is a lovely addition. Great thoughts. Thank you.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've never tried the Yogi tea {I'm now intrigued and love tea anyway!}, but love that nugget of wisdom. I've been pondering and blogging about keeping the things that truly matter to us and letting go of everything else in the context of home decor. Yes, today's culture encourages the "more is more" mindset that leads to cluttered homes, minds, and hearts. Thanks, Linda, for the tea tip AND the food for thought!

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Show Some Decor

Heidi- if you liked that Yogi tea quote and drinking tea, I know you'll love checking them out further. Their sayings enhance my tea experience. I love how you are thinking about letting go in the context of your work - home decor. I took at look at your blog and love the vibrant colors, photos and ideas. For those that want to be visually inspired, take a look at Heidi's blog: http://www.showsomedecor.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sharing it with us.

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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