Coming home and shutting the door on the outside world is an experience I look forward to, and I like to celebrate with something refreshing. Having a soft drink, fresh squeezed juice, or a cup of tea or coffee as I prepare for the rituals that will follow, both symbolizes coming home and uplifts me. And while I prepare my refreshment, I anticipate having it in a favorite glass, cup and saucer or mug in my own place. We remind ourselves, as we pause, that being home is a real treat.
In the Winter I make up a cup of chicken broth, or hot chocolate. Summer’s choice would be grapefruit juice and ice crushed in a blender, the taste is particularly refreshing. I pour into a huge blue glass and sip it through a silver iced tea sipper I inherited from my mother. The gesture is small, yet has a powerful effect on the senses. Offer yourself attractively presented tonics when you come home, just the way you would if a friend were with you. Treat yourself to a brief pause for pleasure and renewal.
The next time you make yourself a welcome home refreshment consciously add an extra touch of flair or color to your glass. Garnish clear broth with a sprig of parsley, add a dash of mint or orange slice to drink. Experimenting with these touches will not only give you a lift, they’ll help you calm down and take a minute to enjoy a few special moments at home before you get going again.