En­joy­ing life’s sim­ple plea­sures

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Cof­fee. One word that stirs up many emo­tions. For me, good barista brewed cof­fee is one of my guilty plea­sures. Yes, I know that Dr Libby – au­thor of Rush­ing Women’s Syn­drome – would be tut tut­ting me at this point. But even she con­cedes that our lives need an in­jec­tion of things that make us joy­ful. Cof­fee is one of my rit­u­als. Cof­fee is when I get to stop and re­flect. Cof­fee per­mits me a break. Cof­fee smells great. A good yummy cof­fee is hard to beat. Cof­fee is com­pan­ion­ship. Meet­ing for cof­fee is a guar­an­tee of catch­ing up with friends and loved ones. It’s a shar­ing of laugh­ter, tears, sto­ries, frus­tra­tions, cranky mo­ments, hap­pi­ness, dreams and ad­ven­tures. Cof­fee also means busi­ness. A lot of my meet­ings oc­cur with a trusty cof­fee in hand. I like that I have a dif­fer­ent ‘‘of­fice’’ in each town I’m in. Cof­fee is also a start­ing point. I’ll just grab my­self a cof­fee and then crack on with that pro­posal! We are for­tu­nate to have many fab­u­lous cafes serv­ing up ex­cel­lent cof­fee in our dis­trict. Sure, like any­thing that you thrash, cof­fee has the po­ten­tial to neg­a­tively im­pact your health. I’m not a four or eight cup a day kind of girl. Just like Grandad said – ev­ery­thing in moder­a­tion. Fancy a cof­fee?

Amy Scott is a pro­fes­sional speaker.

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