I’m sitting here in the middle of the afternoon nursing my last cup of black tea for the next seven days. I’m pathetic, right?
Why are breaks in routine so hard? Why do I like things to be ‘just so’? Why am I such a creature of routine? Why is it so hard to go with the flow?
Am I alone here?
I mean routines are good, right? ‘The experts’ advise us to get up and go to bed at the same time every day, to eat our meals at regular intervals, to take our medications on a schedule.
But we also get advice from other ‘experts’ to vary our routine — don’t take the same route to work every day, choose from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and mix-up our exercise routine.
You could say I listen to both schools of thought– I always drink caffeine; I mix it up by choosing from either coffee or tea.
But this week, starting tomorrow, is going to be a bigger mix up than I have had in a while. Not only am I putting all black drinks to the side, I am choosing, of my own free will, to drink things like extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice with hot water, and green tea.
In preparation for this experiment I purchased two kinds of green tea. I have tried one, and I can honestly say I kind of like it. It’s Yogi Green Tea with Goji Berry and my internet sources tell me that it has 52 mg of caffeine per serving! So, guys, I won’t be caffeine-free after all! You can send the troops home! The ‘ultra simple diet’ allows for me to have up to two cups of green tea per day. Problem solved!!
So, see, going out of our comfort zone, varying from our routine, doesn’t have to be scary! We can, like Miss Frizzle said, “Take chances, get messy, make mistakes!” If I weren’t willing to take a chance with this doctor and her ‘ultra simple diet’ for one week, I might not have learned that I like green tea with goji berry. Who knows what else I will learn this week?
I am going to go out on a limb and say I probably won’t like drinking olive oil, but hey, I’ve been wrong before. After all, it’s only two tablespoons per day and you mix it with the juice of 1/2 of one organic lemon. (I am really not making this up.)
I’ll try to bring you along on the journey this week, especially if I am thrilled and amazed by the results. I feel bit like a guinea pig, but it is encouraging know that I might be learning stuff that benefit more than just myself, that I’m ‘taking one for the team.’
In the mean time, I will continue my daily prayers that God would heal me completely — body, mind, and spirit — through whichever means He chooses. I pray that for you, too.
3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health
and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.