Monday, March 28, 2016

28 Days of Abstinence - Day 8 - More Tea Bag Wisdom


"If you're brave enough to say 'goodbye' life will reward you with a new 'hello' --Paulo Coehlo, YogiTea tea bag

Yes, I drink a lot of tea. It's what I said, "hello" to after giving up coffee. What will you say "hello" to today? What is popping up to replace whatever it is you are abstaining from?

If you don't know yet, that's okay. It's early days after all, but spend some time today thinking about what it might be. What would you like it to be? What are some possible options?

In my own life, meditation has replaced compulsive doing, side salads have replaced French fries, kindness has replaced anger, kombucha has replaced wine, and rooibos has replaced coffee. I consider these all to be exchanges in which I got the better end of the deal, although of course these new "hellos" weren't always easy and I didn't always say, "goodbye" willingly (or in some cases, permanently).

Try this exercise whenever you are tempted to cheat this week:
Say "goodbye" to whatever it is you are abstaining from - out loud if you are alone or silently if you are with others - as a way of reinforcing your decision to let it go.
Repeat your "goodbye" as often as you need to in order to cement the idea in your mind that you are letting this thing go (for now at least). 
 Remind yourself that a new "hello" is coming. One that is most likely better than what came before. 

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