A few minutes later, anchored by the tea and the smell of bread toasting, I considered the value of resiliency and the ability to navigate life's bumps and stutters and uncertainties without falling apart. How can we be bright and available to these challenges and yet not so overwhelmed that we become numb, distracted, shut down? I decided that one important element is choosing your coping mechanisms wisely. I looked down at my tea with toast and jam breakfast and figured I'm off to a good start.
Tea with toast and jam is one of my most comforting breakfasts, so basic and easy to throw together. It's something I have often, so it feels reliable, especially in times that aren't. We have a history, me and this breakfast ritual, that sends me out into the unknown, strong and able and ready to tame the dragons that come my way.
In the scale of human difficulties, moving isn't top of the list but it is stressful and, this time in particular, has threads of grief and loss woven into its sense of adventure and shiny new horizons. As the big day draws near, I'm realizing that I need all the help I can get. So I remind myself to be sure to pack my favorite tea and mug so that they're easy to get to: I suspect I'm really going to need them in the weeks to come.
Is there a food or food ritual that anchors you to your life, fortifies your spirit and helps you cope?
(Image: Dana Velden)