Student writer HUG/HUFer John David reflects upon his Greek coffee experience below:
These are the words Vicky told us as we watched our Greek coffee brewing. Instead of
mindlessly twiddling our thumbs, she suggested we reflect on the coffee and the different
processes it undergoes, to meditate on each individual ingredient coming together to form one
of Western thought in the lives of the Greek people, but Eastern ideas are very present as well.
Meditation and idleness are foreign concepts to Americans, but they seem prevalent throughout
this part of the world. Greek people know how to relax, and they make time for friends and
Waiting means inefficiency. Waiting means loss of time and money. Dollar signs and due dates
drive us into an endless world of tomorrows. When I am forced to wait for something or
someone, I always search for productive ways to fill that time. Whether it be responding to text
messages, scrolling through social media, or planning out the rest of my day, very few times am I
merely idle and reflective.
Too many times we choose efficiency over rest. Too many times we choose productivity over
family time. Too many times we don’t think something through before or while we’re doing it.
With more reflection and patience, we would have less suicides, less divorces, and less
depression. Mistakes could be learned from instead of repeated.
Working on Christmas Day isn’t healthy, but neither is taking an entire month of holiday.
There’s a happy medium, the difficulty is finding and maintaining it. A good place to start is in
the simple portions of everyday life. Let’s stop and take a breath every now and then. Let’s set
aside time to journal or to watch the rain or to walk the dog. The American Dream will still be
there when we finish.