Tea Total

I worked with a gentleman from England who spoke about being “tea total”. I had never heard the term before, so he explained that Teetotalism is the practice or promotion of complete personal abstinence from alcoholic beverages. 

I also did not know that tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. (It is important to talk to others. You can learn a lot).

This simple truth tells me something about my fellow occupants of the earth.  First, that In general, we enjoy the simple things in life.  Outside of water, tea is probably one of the simplest drinks to make (especially if you have a tea bag).  This aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves is also natural and satisfying and boast health benefits. While water takes the lead, tea comes in a close second.

With tea being so popular, it is interesting that you don’t see many tea commercials.  Even the popular brand, Lipton, is not readily seen when you turn on your television or flip through a magazine.  This is because it is already being consumed; therefore, it does not require major advertisement unlike alcohol. According to answers.com approximately two billion dollars is spent on advertising each year by the alcohol industry.

Lastly, it has become customary to place limits on ourselves. Just as some has decided to become tea-total, we have become a society of folks who avoid anything stronger when it comes to moving further, going harder, and accomplishing greater.

Many of us are mode total or adequate total. We do enough to get by, to fit in, or to pass. We have become comfortable with the norm and enjoy being common. We have basically given up on a pursuit of the extraordinary, having no desire to be distinctive or unique.

We “drink the tea” that says it’s best practice to be predictable and unremarkable like everyone else. We consume the notion of staying with convention and operating by routine so much that we no longer accept challenges to excel.

While being tea-total can save you from the outcomes of over indulging in alcoholic beverages becoming mode total can cause you miss out on the promise of abundant life! It’s time to break out of the median and average places and go do the greater!

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