Three things you need to know about life and coffee
If you’ve read my blog before, you probably already know that I love coffee. I buy my beans green, roast them myself, brew them in a variety of ways, and enjoy visiting coffee shops that get it right. As a roaster, I know what to watch and listen for. As a consumer, I know what great coffee tastes like. It’s interesting that the three ways to evaluate coffee also are valuable tools when evaluating our lives. Here is some practical advice for life from the viewpoint of a coffee nerd.
Watch. A fulfilling life requires vision. We must be able to see what hasn’t happened so we can work with anticipation. Vision is a reality-based picture of the future. When we have vision, we inspire those around us to live with passion and purpose. So, much like a coffee roaster, watch your life and the direction you’re headed. If you don’t like where the current road ends, change roads!
Listen. It’s possible to have lots of information coming at you and never listen to any of it. Listening isn’t the same as hearing. Listening is active and purposeful. You can learn a lot by listening to other people and to God. Listening puts you in a position to be influenced. So, be careful who you listen to; but, listen to those with something valuable to say.
Taste. This is the experiential part of life. Many people are afraid of the future or of doing anything other than what they’ve always done. An abundant life is full of experiences that add flavor and excitement. An imagined life has no flavor; a real life does. So, live with passion and vitality. Make every day an adventure. Enjoy the nuances of today because you only get to live it once.
Life, like coffee, is an art and you are the artist. Paint your day with joy and live your why. Think about it!
What can you do make today a work of art?