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Wintery weather arrived in Iowa this week and, along with the colder temperatures, brought something much more unpleasant. Mice. There is really no way for me to adequately describe how much I hate mice. Or rather, how much I hate mice that have come into my house. I have three cats, which should be a sufficient deterrent to any sane small furry creatures seeking shelter from the elements. These particular mice were apparently undeterred, or desperate; and so this weekend, which I’d envisioned spending cozied up with a new book, was instead spent sealing up cracks left by a recent kitchen remodel and cleaning out all the cupboards in which the mice had wreaked their havoc. I won’t detail the fate of the mice, but I will say that the cats have had a better weekend than I’ve had. And I’ve had a much better weekend than the mice.

Still, I was feeling very sorry for myself this morning as I sat down with a cup of tea and looked at the list of all the things I’d hoped to do this weekend. Feeling sorry for myself led straight into mentally reviewing everything that has come up unexpectedly over the last several weeks. Right in the midst of itemizing and begrudging each of these intrusions into my time, I noticed:

I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful.

I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful.

It seems rather silly that words on a tea bag could provoke a shift in my mood. But it was just the reminder I needed. So much of how I’m feeling is directly tied to my inner dialogue. And sometimes, just changing my inner dialogue is enough to change my perspective.

Plus, it snowed yesterday and I finally got to try out my macro lens with the snow.

Beauty, bounty, bliss.


  • greenmackenzie

    Lovely post, and it doesn’t take much to shake us back into the present….where did you get these tea bags?

    November 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm Reply
    • Angela

      Thank you. And yes, you’re right- it’s almost always the littlest things that bring us back to the present. The tea bag is from Yogi Tea- not sure if it’s available outside the US.

      November 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm Reply
      • greenmackenzie

        I’ll take a look….it’s such a lovely idea and I’m always looking for ways to remind people learning mindfulness to wake up back into the present. It’s a lovely idea 🙂

        November 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm Reply
        • Angela

          The trick for me usually is to remember to practice what I talk about and teach others. Writing about moments when I notice myself all caught up in my thoughts and worries helps.

          November 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm Reply
          • greenmackenzie

            Yes, that’s so true.
            And the great news is that Yogi tea is available over here. Do all the flavours have messages on the tabs?

            November 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm
          • Angela

            They do. Even within the same box are different messages. The tea I’m drinking now has the statement “May this day bring you peace, tranquility, and harmony.” Like a very cheerful version of fortune cookies.

            November 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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