Serving someone a cup of tea can be much more than just offering them a beverage. Stopping to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger gives an opportunity to connect and share a little about the day and is an easy way to begin offering hospitality. It also provides a few moments to rest and catch one's breath. As someone so aptly said,
Today I'd like to sit and sip,
Forget about the world a bit,
Ignore the things I have to do,
And just enjoy a cup or two.
Life can be so busy and pressured that we scarcely take the time to stop and greet others around us, net alone truly connecting. We need to be committed to building authentic friendships. Let's start now by sharing a cup of tea with someone. And let's encourage others to do the same.
Join our Heartistry community in our two-week TEA FOR TWO CAMPAIGN (August 16-30) as we share a cup of tea with someone! And you don't need to only do it once!
Gather your 'tea making supplies"- two simple cups, a few tea bags, sugar and milk (if serving tea English style!) If you feel inspired you can even set a simple tray.
Make a list of those you know who would enjoy sharing a cup of tea- and plan to be spontaneous!
Invite a friend to have a cup of tea with you in your home or at your desk at work.
Plan to take your cups and tea items to someone's home- "tea in a basket" can be a big blessing to an elderly or ill person. (Kim de Carvalho delivered this lovely tray to my mom when she was not well.)
Photograph your two cups of tea (and the two of you if you are happy to be on Heartistry!)
Post the photo on our Heartistry site or email it to Lyn@heartistry.info.
You're welcome to share your inspiring "tea stories" with us!
Post photos to your Instagram and Facebook pages and tag #heartistry.info
Encourage your friends to serve tea and participate with us.
Everyone who shares a cup of tea and sends a photo of their two cups will be entered in a drawing!
Two names will be drawn on September 1.
The winners will receive a box filled with tea goodies!
Read the inspiring story of a woman who packed Two Tea Cups and took them with her as she traveled. She made the effort to spend quality time with people over a simple cup of tea.
Let's make a difference in the next two weeks by inviting as many people as possible to stop for just a few minutes to have a simple cup of tea with us. You never know what may happen!
Some extra inspiration:
During our Heartistry workshops participants have the opportunity to set in tray in less than 10 minutes. This exercise proves that it is not that hard to set a tray (granted they have some help as we provide the supplies!) It is fun to see the different creative expressions on each tray.