I grew up loving the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee in the morning. My dad loves coffee. He would normally start his day with a cup (or sometimes 2), reading the day’s newspaper, taking his time to just sit back and enjoy a quiet moment. Whenever I would see my dad in his “coffee moment”, I knew this is always the best time to sit down with him and enjoy precious moments to talk. I cherish these moments with my dad. This is how I actually first learned to value and savor the taste of life’s “coffee moments”.
A coffee moment is not about the “coffee”, rather it is those precious moments - whether alone or shared with someone else - that bring comfort, warmth, cherished memories, intimate conversations; or perhaps, a time to reflect and simply just to have a break.
Through the years, I discovered and experienced more of these “moments”. These are moments when amidst our fast-faced, sometimes stressful and challenging lifestyles, there will always be reasons to simply “feel-good” about life.
Metaphorically-speaking, a coffee moment can mean a lot of things. Offering someone a cup of coffee often symbolizes a warm welcome or a “cup of comfort”. Coffee in the morning gives us a few minutes of quiet, relaxed time before heading off to a full day’s work. A coffee break from work gives us that much needed time to unwind and be recharged. If we want to spend a time with someone for a nice, intimate chat, we often say, “let’s have coffee”. Ambiance in a coffee shop never fails to offer a quiet spot for a refreshing “me-time”.
My life as woman is a multifaceted one. I am a wife and mother. I have a fulltime job. I write as a passion. I am a missionary serving thru my catholic community. On top of this, I am also a daughter, a sister and a friend. And as a woman, I also need time to simply be “me”.
Focusing too much on the things I need to fulfill, tasks I need to accomplish, balancing my time with people I need to spend quality moments with, is often too much to handle. But what I realized is that for every role in my life, I should create opportunities to savor life’s bittersweet moments…
Spending a few minutes of quiet moments to pray as I start each day is always the perfect way for me to look forward to a brand new day.
The opportunity to go on mission in different parts of the world never fails to warm my heart through the new people I meet and being inspired by their life experiences.
Working, doing the things I love, being able to accomplish something and sharing my achievements to my loved ones is always a wonderful moment. Writing opens up a whole new world me… that for every word, every thought I am able to share is enough to give me a sense of fulfillment as a woman.