There are many potential advantages.
- I have been reminded of how to spell "decaffeinate."
- I don't feel jumpy or jittery - very calm and peaceful.
- My precision pistol shooting has improved - less shaking, I suppose.
- I have cut back on grocery expenses - three scoops instead of four each morning.
But it is a DRAG to go through.
- I LIKE coffee - I REALLY, REALLY like coffee.
- I've had to endure a few minor headaches as I've "dried out."
- I am "dragging my wagon" these days - feeling a little bit subdued.
- The weather is cold and rainy - I sure would like a cup of coffee!
- Tea (decaffeinated of course) is thin and pale compared to coffee.
My coffee use (like so many things) sort of sneaked up on me slowly. I had a cup with Lola at breakfast and another during my devotions. (Coffee drinkers know that "a cup" is really a mug that holds at least two cups.) Then I would make a full 12 cup (6 mug) pot of coffee in the morning because our son MIGHT want a cup.
But he rarely did - and I would drink the extra - my third. And - on a summer's afternoon an iced coffee would be good! That would involve another 16-24 oz. of coffee. Or if I had a breakfast meeting with someone I would drink coffee at home with Lola AND have coffee at the restaurant. Or, if it was Sunday, I could get another cup of coffee in the fellowship hall before Sunday School! Or, if I had a lunch meeting at Panera Bread, I could get good coffee there too. Things were really hopping - and so was my heart rate, I'm sure.
Then, a few weeks ago, I went to Dublin, OH for an eye exam. The doctor dilated my eyes - and I wanted to wait for the effects to wear off before heading home on a sunny day. So I waited at a nice coffee shop where I drank down three big mugs of strong coffee. This on top of my normal three mugs of coffee at home. Way too much.
That's the week that I decided I needed to get a grip. And now I am down to one cup of coffee a day - and I'm glad - a little groggy, but glad. I'll be better off for the change - I'm sure.
(1 Corinthians 6:12) ¶ All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.