I have developed a slight coffee addiction recently. I was a regular at the Dunkin Donuts for a few months, sometimes drinking two or three cups a day. In an effort to save a little money, my coworker and I have started to make pots of coffee at work.
This morning I poured myself a nice hot mug of coffee and added the customary cream and sugar. I took a big sip only to discover that instead of the bold flavorful coffee I was used to, I was sipping on a milky watery drink with a hint of coffee. Apparently, someone drank the coffee that was intended for me and added extra water to the pot so I wouldn’t notice.
Coffee antics aside, it is quite disappointing when your mouth is watering for a certain flavor and what you actually get is a flavorless substitute.
I guess it’s the same way with life. We expect that by a certain age our life will be exciting and full or at the very least, that it would be interesting and one day we realize that we have lost our luster somewhere. Life has become ordinary and dull.
I believe that half of the avid coffee drinkers out there do not really enjoy the taste of coffee. For many, the morning coffee stop has become the jolt of pleasure that they need to make it through jobs and roles they have settled for. The coffee shop has become the substitute for community and connection.
When life starts to feel flavorless and dull, resolve to become a full participant in it. Say no, when you usually say yes. Go out, when you usually decide to stay in. Engage in conversations with others that go below the surface. Do something different.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13