Tea of the Day: Forever Spring by the London Tea Room
Description: Exquisite fresh floral fragrance with an incomparably velvety mouth feel and creamy honey after taste. Beautiful with fresh dishes!
Dry tea smells sweet and grassy-earthy, and a little like roasted vegetables
Liquor is a gold-amber in the cup, bright but clear
Steeped tea has a more flowery scent than the dry. Doesn’t need any doctoring, it’s light and sweet and relaxing on its own. It’s floral with a vegetable aftertaste. Adding sugar is not needed but does make the tea taste more floral. Tea leaves start out tightly furled and expand hugely.
Tea Rating: 5/5
I recently finished reading a book called “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A f*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To living A Good Life” by Mark Manson.
This is a book review of sorts, but not like my others because it’s non-fiction, so there is no need to critique character or world development, or plot.
Because it’s a non-fiction self-improvement book, there are really only two questions of relevance that anyone who hasn’t read it needs to know.
Is it interesting?
Is it relevant?
Bonus question: is it well-written?
For me, for this book, the answer to all three of these questions is “Yes, yes and yes.”
Rather than being like so many other self-help books that teach strategies to avoid pain or negate it, this book is very honest. Essentially: life sucks, it’s going to suck on some level no matter what you do and avoiding things that suck only makes you more miserable. B
Essentially: life sucks, it’s going to suck on some level no matter what you do and avoiding things that suck only makes you more miserable. But, approach that suck in a different, less self-entitled way, you’ll actually live a good life.
This book is, to me, chock-full of good advice and thoughts, written in a surprisingly pleasant no-nonsense voice.
For your reading pleasure, my 3 of my favorite quotes from the book:
“We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.”
“If it feels like it’s you against the world, chances are it’s you against yourself.”
And finally, probably the biggest whammy statement of them all:
“You are great. Already. Whether you realize it or not. Whether anybody else realizes it or not. And it’s not because you launched an iPhone app, or finished school a year early, or bought yourself a sweet-ass boat. These things do not define greatness.
You are already great because in the face of endless confusion and death, you continue to choose what to give a fuck about and what not to. The mere fact, this simple optioning for you own values in life, already makes you beautiful, already makes you beautiful, makes you successful, and already makes you loved. Even if you don’t realize it. Even if you’re sleeping in a gutter and starving.
You too are going to die, and that’s because you are fortunate enough to have lived. ”
The author of the book also has a blog.Full disclosure before you click, some of the content is paid-subscriber only, but there are plenty of articles that are not for your reading pleasure.