‘Mug’shots of Meaning
I have a sneaking suspicion that most people have at least one kitchen cabinet full of mix-matched cups, glasses and mugs. If so, you understand the frustration that occurs when trying to unload the dishwasher. The art of getting all that glassware to fit on the shelf is like trying to match the first 10 pieces of a puzzle…nearly impossible. But the Unexpected Health insight of the day is not about the healing properties of clearing out the clutter in your life, although the health benefits of doing a little spring cleaning are exponential. As crazy as it sounds, health can be found in coffee mugs.
The substances that go INTO coffee mugs have all sorts of known health benefits: tea of all varieties are bagged full of aiding properties: antioxidants, stomach soothers, calming nighttime remedies, digestive aids. But what I’m talking about is the health that is found from what is painted ON the coffee mugs.
As I spent the day in my office working away at my various projects, I had many o’ moments when I found myself daydreaming (this happens quite often…I’d like to say it is a writer trait but I’m afraid it is just a bad case of a poor attention span). At one of my lost in la-la-land moments, I caught a glimpse of my coffee mug. I looked at it and then immediately went to my kitchen, tore open my cabinet and began pouring over the words on each cup. As if that wasn’t enough, I then opened the dishwasher, pulled out the rest, and read those too. What I realized is that I very intentionally buy and then use specific mugs based on the way I feel or may want to feel. And because of that, I have jammed my coffee cup shelf with meaningful and inspirationally-themed mugs. A few of my favorites: “God danced the day you were born;” “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly;” and “Not tonight dear, I’ve got deadline.” Now as you can see, the first is a reminder of my existence (given to me by none other than my mom); the second reminds me that when I’m feeling stuck in a “cocoon,” it is only temporary; and the third is a reminder of my gift of writing whenever I doubt my skills (this was an award I won for an article I wrote for Chico State’s newspaper, The Orion).
It is easy to forget how special we are. Life can dish out some pretty tough times that make us question who we are and what we can possibly contribute to this world. When this happens, it is essential to remind ourselves–daily–of our uniqueness. Because our uniqueness–our gifts–allow us to experience health ourselves as well as facilitate health in others. When we are living to our fullest potential, we are experiencing health. And coffee mugs, with their eclectic words, art, and expressions, create perfect little hand-held reminders of how great we really are. So the next time you do some kitchen cleaning, remember to keep those meaningful mugs. Not only will your body be renewed by a mug’s liquid love, your spirit will be rejuvenated by its inspiration. And when you reach for your next holder of beverages, pay attention to the mug you choose. It may contain a visual inspiration you need to read today. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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