Love is the reason we’re all here.
Monthly Archives: February 2011
Some of you may be aware that I am on a quest to find a good vanilla green tea. A few months ago, I was helping O’Mama clean out her overstuffed tea cabinet, and she sent me home with a package of some heavenly stuff that I enjoyed very, very much. The problem is that this aforementioned heavenly stuff came from a little shop in Ottawa that has neither a website nor a mail-order division, so when I ran out, I was not only out of yummy tea, but I was also quite out of luck.
*Edited to include that the little shop in Ottawa apparently doesn’t make that heavenly stuff anymore. Bastids. It happens to me ALL THE TIME; I fall in love with something and in short order it gets discontinued)**
A campaign ensued to try to find a near-enough substitute. A week or so ago, I placed an order for some vanilla green tea from the Tropical Teas company on the internet. The order was easy to place, the tea was reasonably priced (free shipping!), and the box arrived at my door much faster than I was expecting it. The problem is that the tea is not to my liking; it has a strange undertone that I find unpleasant.
I emailed the company to ask if I could return the package I hadn’t opened yet. The next afternoon, they responded that I needn’t return the tea and that I had a couple of options – I could request a different flavor or they could refund my purchase. I emailed back that I’d like a refund, and I got an email this morning telling me that my account will be reimbursed first thing Monday morning.
While I don’t love their vanilla tea (they sent me a sample of the peach which is pretty yummy, though!), I AM in love with their customer service. I love a company that treats its customers well, and I’ll totally place another order from them (and recommend them to you!) because of it.
*Edited again to say that the company emailed me again this morning. Here’s what they said: Thank you very much for the kind words. We greatly appreciate your sharing our company on your blog. Please pass on to all your friends to be sure and register their email address on our website before March 1st so that they may receive the huge March Madness Discount we offer each year. It will be between 30% – 40% off everything in the store.
We also have a separate batch of Vanilla Green Tea that we are going to send you a free sample packet. We just want to make sure you did not get a bad batch. Really, you guys; GREAT customer service. I am beyond impressed.
Do you want the answers to last week’s TTT movie quotes? If so, they’re in the comments to this post; if not, keep guessing!
Ten love songs.
1. The Power of Two by the Indigo Girls. This is one of Mr. Chili’s and my wedding songs. The closer I’m bound in love to you, the closer I am to free…
2. This Must be the Place (Naive Melody) as imagined by Shawn Colvin. This is the other of our wedding songs. If someone asks, this is where I’ll be…
3. Best of What’s Around by Dave Matthews Band. Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters…
4. Mad About You by Sting. There are no victories in all our histories without love…
5. The Water is Wide by James Taylor. Build me a boat that can carry two, and both shall row, my love and I.
6. Marry Me by Train. Together could never be close enough for me to feel like I am close enough to you.
7. Trust Me (this is love) by Amanda Marshall. This love won’t forsake us, so dry your tears I promise you…
8. Giving You the Best That I’ve Got by Anita Baker. I bet everything on our wedding ring…
9. Sunday Mornings by Maroon 5. Change the weather still together when it ends.
10. Do You Remember by Jack Johnson. We’re locked in time and you’re still mine….
Today would have been Gregory Hines’ 65th birthday.
There are a few famous people who I actively miss. Mr. Hines is one of them. In everything I ever saw this man – movies, interviews, dance or variety shows – he radiated a kind of joy and confidence that comes with competence. I would have liked to meet him, I think.
Actually, more like Monday Theme.
I’ve been thinking about ways to deepen my mindfulness practice. I talk a good game every Sunday in my yoga class about how a good yoga practice isn’t about unrolling a mat and twisting one’s body into stupid shapes; what really matters is what one takes off of the mat and out into the world with one. As I was driving home from class yesterday, it occurred to me that I rarely practice that effort of mindfulness in my own everyday life, and I came up with this idea to help me ease my way into being better at practicing what I preach.
SO, this is what I’ve come up with; every week, for as long as I can keep it up, I’m going to choose a “theme” for the coming seven days, and that theme will (may) inform the writing that I do on this space. I’m hoping that this will help to keep me focused on the intention I set for myself at the beginning of the week.
This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m focusing on love (even though I think that Valentine’s Day is kind of bogus, but that’s not what this post is about). There are a million different ways to express and experience love – maybe more, even. I am often frustrated, as someone who works very closely with language, that we only have a few words to express the feeling of love. I remarked to my yoga class yesterday that the love I feel for my heated seats is very different from the love I feel for my children, but both are love in their own ways. Every time I’ve been in love – romantic love, I mean – my feelings have been very, very different, yet I’ve genuinely been in love each and every time. I love my students. I love my friends. I love my family, both blood and chosen. I love my cat. I love my car and my work and my computer and Nutella and springtime and…. you get the idea. My life is stuffed to bursting with love, and sometimes I don’t take enough time to stop and appreciate it (though I do make a point of not being stingy with my love. That really is something I’m good at; the people I love know I love them).
As I make my way through this week, I’m going to keep myself open to the love that is open to me – and the love that I have to give. I really, genuinely believe that love is the driving energy of our lives, and that each of us is capable of the literally boundless expression of it. I invite you to join me in being aware of all of the opportunities we have to live in love in our own lives.