True friendships are a gift and sometimes rare – and so well cultivated over a cup of tea.
“The first time you share tea you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family.” (Balti proverb)
Tea is a wonderful medium for exchange and cultivation of relationships. The book author ‘Three Cups of Tea’, Greg Mortenson used this ancient cultural proverb as a way to wend into the hearts and minds of Afghani communities as he raised funds and built schools to educate girls – against traditional philosophies there.
And back here at home often a tea moment between friends is one of the sweetest and most nourishing times we can spend.
Sometimes the older we get the fewer friendships we have and the more acquaintances we acquire. With our busy work and family activities we don’t make the time we once did for cultivating our closest support system.
We need to remember to stop, and take the time to connect with our friends. Nurture the friendships with the ones who ‘get’ us! They know how we think and they understand why. They are the ones who you can sit with in silence, sipping your tea, and watching the sky or the traffic from the window. They are the ones who know when you need a hug and know when you need your space. And know how to have your kind of funJ
Garland For Friendship
Friendship is a country
Of the young and young-in-heart,
Made of morning’s greetings,
A warm and happy part
Of phone calls and cups of tea,
Of days of hope and caring,
Friendship is a sturdy refuge,
Forgiveness and sweet sharing
Memories and happy times,
Picnics, fun together,
Count among life’s garlands
Friends who make heart’s weather.
My closest friend and I get together most Saturdays and enjoy each other’s company, updating the events of the week and having a few cups of tea (usually a few pots : ) We can now stay connected with friends of the past (school, work, etc) and make new friends through Facebook and other Social Media.
Here are 2 teas to help you enjoy your Tea Moments with Friends:
Congratulations to Gina G. last week’s Family Connection tea winner!
How do you nurture your friendships?
Share with us and be entered in this week’s tea moment giveaway!
More readings on friendships:
Sharing Tea with Strangers
Psychology Today – Top 10 Friendship Posts
Canadian Living – 5 Ways to Nurture Friendship