It's not secret I am a coffee drinker. My love for the drink run deep through my veins, literally, okay, not literally but metaphorically. Over the last few months, I have been making myself one cup, a big cup, of coffee with my Hario V-60. The process is my favorite, once my pour is complete, I fill my warmed mug and sit to drink. The first sip is usually hot, the second is good and the third is amazing. After the third sip the next time I look at my cup it's almost gone, the key word here is ALMOST. I never finish my coffee anymore! Usually there is a good sip left in my cup when I return it to the kitchen.
When I worked at a coffee shop, I drank oodles and oodles of coffee, espresso and more coffee. There would be a point in the afternoon when coffee no longer tasted good to me. I was just all coffee'd out. It seems this is now happening towards the bottom of my morning cup. My body just decides it's full, done, maxed out.
I was recently reading a book that discussed excess. Excess is the point when enough becomes too much. Coffee starts out tasting good then suddenly my body no longer needs it, I've had enough. You may also notice it after eating too much sugar, or too many chips. Our bodies are smart, they know when enough is enough.
Is excess bad? My mom might jokingly tell you there is no such thing as too much coffee, or chocolate for that matter. For me, the joy of the first cup of coffee, its warmth and flavor. The sunshine it brings too my life is so wonderful! I am full of gratitude for that cup of coffee. When I push past that place, moving from enough coffee into excess coffee I become frazzled, hyper, out of balance. When I lose my balance, I lose sight of my gratitude. This idea has left me wondering where else in my life my body is sending me signals of enough, where am I passing the point of enough into excess?
I don't actually know the answer to this question, I have some ideas, my recent post Showing Up, touches on one place, TV. Too much of it makes me crabby and short tempered. I am sure there are other areas too. I will be walking around with my eyes open and my taste buds ready to receive the EXCESS signal. I want to come from a place of gratitude in my life, excess doesn't taste good.
"When gratitude and wonder sit in our heart, there is no need for excess." - Deborah Adele