Wednesday, June 06, 2007

In tea-brewing as in relationships, the key is not to expect perfection every time

Therapists at California State University and Virginia Tech University say that the key to a happy relationship could be accepting that some miserable times are unavoidable.

What they mean is that resigning yourself to some bad along with the good is better than striving for perfection, which does make sense—although the late-night comedians will still have a field day with this news story.

With Mellow Monk, you can come pretty close to perfection in green tea. But seriously, folks, the same philosophy that's behind what these therapists are talking about also applies when brewing tea: You don't need to get overly fussy about water temperature or the amount of tea leaves you use.

Allow me to explain.

Tea time is supposed to be a time for relaxation. Instead of striving for perfection, think of every cup of tea you brew as a learning experience. Brewing green tea is an art, not a science, and the goal is to strive for what you think is the perfect cup of tea, not what someone else says is perfect.

"If misery is the key to happiness, then I must be the happiest woman in the world. Right, Ralph?"

—Mellow Monk

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