You can’t say it like, “Chai Tea,” because in Hindi, chai means tea. “Hello friend, would you care for some delicious Tea Tea.”
Sure, pass me two cups of whatever you’re serving!
In India, its simple: grated fresh ginger, cardamom pods, black tea, milk, and honey. In my kitchen, in addition to those ingredients, I like to add cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and if I’m feeling a little mischievous (which is often), I add cacao nibs. This is what I have deemed ‘great chai’.
There are recipes for other ‘great’ things, like being a great fisherman, mother, writer, entrepreneur, seamstress. In fact, for every profession out there, you can find some semblance of rules about what it takes to be great at that thing.
What’s Missing??? A simple rule book on being a more creative you. There actually cannot be one, unless you write your own. What would the recipe to “being a great you” be? Write it down. If you were being a great you, what would be different? Better?
If you took 10 minutes a day to relish in being 100% audaciously unique, to be completely expressed in being your own creative genius, this, my friend, would be a magnificent beginning. Take 10 to do what you want to do, right now.
If you took a second 10 minutes to deeply admire 3 people around you, and appreciate them for their creative genius, and with a unique to you signature let them know, the world would change fast. Leaders listen. To themselves, to the people around them, to the bees making love to the apricot blossoms on a warm spring day. Leaders listen…
The facts are facts- when we appreciate someone else, like truly have gratitude for their contribution to the world, no matter how great or small, we change integrally. When we listen for what is perfect with the breeze on a warm spring day, we measure what is right for us. We miss out on the noise, the frustration, the mishaps going around in the world. We instead acknowledge our own slice of perfection… our own slice. We find ourselves reflected in the grace of those around us.
Just close your eyes and imagine the moments that bring you the most joy. Bring that joy into you life, and find ways to give that joy to others.