How lovely to have you drop by, shall we begin our time of reflection together….
The aroma of ginger triggers pleasant memories of a time with my father in childhood. When I was 5 years old he taught me how to tell the time with a toy clock that had movable hands. Each night after dinner, he would sit & help me to understand what the numbers & the various position of the hands meant. I eventually came to understand the concept through Dad’s patient tutelage… Dad would often enjoy a Gingernut cookie, an old favorite of his, with a cup of tea at this time.
Ginger root, apple pieces, white & red hibiscus & licorice root are the ingredients for this tea. The tasty treat for today is an Gf Orange & Poppy seed cake with orange sauce. The ginger in the tea is definitely fiery upon the tongue with the first sip but then quickly mellows. It is an enjoyable tea blend & the cake is so moist & delicious…this treat reminds me of my paternal grandmother who would always have delicious freshly baked goodies for our visit.
The passage of time, is a topic that has come into the spotlight in my life… time is such a strange concept to grasp & experience…don’t you think…it seems to go slow & speed up depending on what activities we engage.
I remember many years ago when my grandmother turned 80, I asked her how it felt to be that age. She said that she still felt like the young woman of 25 in spirit but her body just would not cooperate anymore. Adding how incredibly fast that time had passed! I was a busy young Mum back then, so I didn’t understand this concept of time…but now as a grandmother myself with my eldest granddaughter living & working overseas, I grasp exactly what she was conveying & experiencing in the passage of time. I can now attest to the same sentiment! It has gone amazingly fast!
While I have not yet reached octogenarian status, a way to go yet, the unwelcome tenants (introduced in Vanilla Rooibos Tea) have caused a rapid increase in how time has affected my body… my hair once deep strawberry blonde is now white, my skin has lost most of its elasticity. Energy & resilience has massively decreased while muscle, joint pain & stiffness have majorly increased. To be able to have a verbal telephone conversation is now on my personal most endangered list!
However, time marches on, it stops for no one…. we need to ask ourselves…. What are we to do with the time that is left to us? This is the great question…isn’t it…
We can look at our circumstances & spiral downward into a thick blanket of despair, spending precious time on focusing on the negative or we can look at them from a positive perspective…
As I look in the mirror, I can choose to see a rapidly aging woman who’s life has been turned upside down by nasty tenants & wonder what time is left to her… or I can look at the reflected image before me…choosing rather to see a woman who has triumphed over many tragedies throughout her life (shared in The Marie Antoinette tea & Tea by the sea… ), one who has been faithful in following her Saviour, encouraging others to also experience His amazing love. A woman who is definitely feeling 25 in spirit but who’s body just won’t cooperate anymore. And if I look very closely I can see past & present generations reflected back at me….
What positive aspects can you chose to see in the image that is reflected before you as you look in the mirror?
You see we leave a legacy… in what we have done with the time that has been given to us…it will be either a legacy of blessing or not, for those who follow.
Have you thought of the legacy you will leave behind……thought provoking isn’t it!
Once again my tea is delightfully consumed, my taste buds are tingling with citrus tangyness & our time has now come to its end…until next time…