Life Is Like Coffee
How your life can benefit from coffee
Every weekend I go through a ritual were I imagine myself as a maestro. I picture myself signaling at the symphony of coffee notes as I pour the ground coffee into the French press—awaiting the steaming water. Soon the kettle whistles and down the water goes, orchestrating fine earthy notes that dance around my living room at the beat of the baton. And only then does the coffee meet with the hazelnut cream—tempos of cocoa finish as I drink the warmth of this art.
It is not a surprise that we often wake up every morning feeling like everything is too much of a routine. We have become so used to it that we are flat-out in auto pilot mode. And auto pilot looks something like this: We know what we are going to be doing; how we’re going to do it; we know our commute all too well and everything seems to be a bit boring. Far from being a morning experience, it can feel annoying. But all this can change with a reminder: Why will you be doing all of this today?
Why is what you do meaningful for you and for the world? Let’s go back to the maestro analogy. You can choose to perceive your life between plain coffee that tastes okay or as a symphony of coffee notes that you love. You are the maestro, and understanding the why of what you do can shift your morning into a coffee concerto. Waking up to a powerful why makes a world of difference and certainly a difference to the world.
It really helps to write down in a few words (or think about) why what you do matters to the world. And to take a good look at it. Here’s the gist of it:
- Spice things up by asking why (think coffee)
- Align what you do with what you value (a world of difference)
- Help people change positively and do more of it (a difference to the world)
Living in purpose is about helping people, and a meaningful life happens when we grow as a result of it. We might have grown bored out of the day to day activities and fire-fighting at our workplaces; but taking a step back to contemplate the underlying reasons of why we do what we do is inspiring. You have the power to break the routine by sweetening your life. Finding the why in your doing is like adding hazelnut cream to your coffee. Living your life a little bit more like coffee is choosing to orchestrate an art out of it. You deserve it.
Juan F. Diaz
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