Reading the Tea Leaves

My husband and I are on a tea kick right now because, well we have several boxes of tea in the cabinet, it only takes water to make and since we have a well, water is free! Anyhow, Celestial Seasonings’ tea boxes are covered with quotes and when making myself a cup of tea, I read one on the box I hadn’t seen before and thought I’d pass it along.

Add Joy to Your Daily Life

1 Pay as much attention to the things that are working positively in your life as you do to those that are giving you trouble.

2 Memorize your favorite love poem.

3 Learn three knock knock jokes so you will always be ready to entertain children.

4 Don’t let weeds grow around your dreams.

5 Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.

6 Regardless of the situation, react with class.

7 Let some things remain mysterious.

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book, Volume II Rutledge Hill Press.

4 thoughts on “Reading the Tea Leaves

  1. This is a surprising bit of wisdom for a tea box. I’ve always found great comfort in a warm cup of tea. It holds such good memories for me: my father taking me into the woods to dig up sassafras roots and we’d wash them off and boil them in a cast iron pot over a wood stove. The whole room would fill with the smell. Or the first time I ever had matcha in Japan. We were at a pet shop getting our first puppy. We had to wait for my father to come with enough yen. While we waited, the shop owner wisked us some matcha and served it in a tea bowl. I held the bowl with both hands and sipped the green liquid with delight!

  2. It sounds like tea is a recently acquired taste in your house, so the Celestial Seasonings tea boxes may not be familiar to you, but I grew up with the iconic nightgowned bear on the Sleepytime Tea box, and am mourning their “new, improved!” re-design of the packages. (I know my response comes months after you posted this, but I was doing a google image search for pictures of the old boxes, and that’s how I came across your blog!)

    No longer will the Celestial packages sport those wonderful little essays like the one you passed along. Instead, the many wonderful paintings, myriad well-loved characters, eclectic or well-worn quotes, essays and even recipes have been replaced by a single streamlined picture, one short quote, and a lot of dry text about their tea-selection process. If I’d known they were getting rid of the old boxes, I would have been buying up the old ones to put into scrapbooks for my grandchildren! Thanks so much for sharing the list on your box. 🙂

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