The caffeine in coffee was doing me in. I couldn’t sleep at night and my body was restless, unable to lie still while in bed. It took me a while to realize it was the caffeine. I don’t consider myself to be a heavy drinker (of any liquids or spirits, for that matter) so I missed the connection. Three cups of coffee a day and I was lying awake at night? Yup. So, I quit drinking coffee. Now I sleep the whole night through and awaken in the morning much better rested.
That was easy! Direct cause and effect. Easy correlation. Give it up.
But, as many of you know, it’s not that easy. What element of an encounter turns an easy decision into a difficult one? Oftentimes, it’s back-story. The back-story adds context that can make it more difficult to give up something I enjoy and even love. Coffee has back-story for me, although not in the way you might think.
Here’s the first element of back-story for coffee and me.
I’m not a lover of coffee per se, but I am a lover of being seated at a café round with a hot latte to savor and free time to pursue a train of thought or to be in deep conversation with a friend. Soothing, yet evocative, seated with coffee and conversation compels me to stay in that moment for as long as possible.