On a recent drive, I was scanning for the Oldies station. Landslide, a favorite Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac tune came on. With any ‘blast from the past’, I immediately began singing along. It was like talking to an old friend, inviting nostalgia…
As I visited a recent entrepreneur’s event, the topic of Life Choices emerged. One presenter noted a simple fact: there are countries around the world where most important decisions in a person’s life are made by others. The statement created a moment of pause — a bit sobering.
How really and truly blessed we are in this country!
We hold an incredible core belief in our right to destiny — to manage our own Life Choices, in the pursuit of happiness.
But, how many of us really do that? Do we make active Life Choices, or do we allow life circumstances to force us into actions that may or may not be of our choice?
Life Choices are, at times, largely a leap of faith — actions taken on feelings, hunches or intuition. It’s a given we will make mistakes when we are young — for all kinds of reasons. But, with age, we should have a better sense of ourselves, what makes us happy, what fulfills us. Hopefully, we can say we’ve learned to evaluate advantages and consequences of our choices and begin employing a certain wisdom in Life Choices.
Again, how many of us really do that? And, if not, why?
Life is so short! Having command over our Life Choices carries a deep responsibility to find happiness. And, maybe more importantly, prepare our children for honoring the right to define our Life Choices!
We can all find a crutch, an excuse or even someone to blame for poor life choices. And, all of us, at some point in our life, have done just that. Yet, what could we achieve, if we’d fully accept the blessing and the responsibility of our Life Choices? How far could each of us go?
Emilie’s French Teas! More than a cup of tea — it’s an experience in wellness.
I met Emilie at a trade show. I was in the midst of chaos — lots of people trying to fit in a small area. Emilie is just one of those women that has a presence — fun, kind, warm and graceful. She handed me her card with an invitation for a cup of tea.
I remember thinking, “I don’t think I’ve ever had an invitation for a cup of tea!” As quickly as we met, she was gone.
Many weeks later, I ran upon her card. It had been a bit of a tough week with several business disappointments. Emilie’s warm invitation came to mind. I decided to visit.
Not to disappoint, Emilie warmly greeted me with a tour. We walked through the tea room, and then made our way into the holistic center. Emilie and her husband Alex work together. Emilie shares her passion for tea and herbal medicine. She runs the tea room and greets the public. Alex has a thriving clientele seeking holistic healing. We talked about the Maya principles for healing and various services, products and special events they hold at the center.
As we returned to the Tea Room, Emilie asked what I liked in tea. I said I could really use a pick-me up. What a wonderful and brisk cup of tea! But, much more to my surprise, she sat with me and we talked. What I thought would be a 30 min visit, became a newly forming friendship that lasted more than an hour.
Emilie and I shared life stories, future aspirations and business. We chatted about “wellness”. How to define it? How to find it? We agreed, it begins with finding ways to connect and be open to new things. Emilie shared her childhood in France, and her belief that tea allows people to connect. She spoke of the far-away lands and how she met her wonderful husband, and all surrounded a cup of tea. It made me smile!
Sometimes its the simple things that make us well.
Emilie’s French Tea Room is located at 8131 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO.