There is something called the terroir of wine. It refers to the makeup or geology of the soil in which the grapes are grown, and how it impacts the taste of the wine made from those grapes. Come to understand the terroir of our own wine drinking habits. Why might we fill our glass or three so often? Is it really just habit? Or something more? What makes up the ground in which our mis-use of wine grows?
How can we cultivate a more full-bodied, whole-hearted, rich tasting life?
Women purchase about 70% of the wine sold in this country. There are greeting cards designed around the theme of women and wine. The hosts of a morning TV show on a major network segment each have a glass of wine as a prop on their desk. "We should get together for wine sometime." is a statement so familiar that it is just part of our shared vocabulary. Just think about the women you know. Intelligent, accomplished, talented successful women: friends, sisters, mothers, colleagues, neigbors, strangers across the room at a restaurant, bar or party. Or maybe even you. Wine has become an acceptable and classy accessory to our often harried and hurried lives. While we might drink wine to celebrate, we can also use it to checkout of our own lives as a way to dull pain, cope with stress and avoid discomfort.
What is the message in the bottle?
There is a trail leading deeper into our own lives; the trailhead lies squarely beneath our feet. Personally and professionally, taking the next right step begins with a right understanding of where we stand now. The path forward connects who we are with what we do, and how we do it. When it doesn’t, we can get lost in a life that isn’t our own. Our lives don't happen by accident; we participate in creating them every day, and one step at a time.
How can you step more fully into your own life, starting with your next right step?
A common thread in the fabric of the human soul is the temptation to avoid the truth, to turn a blind eye to reality, to look away when it is either too scary, painful or uncomfortable to look unabashedly at the life before our eyes. Whether addiction to our smart phones or binge watching the latest hit series, smoking pot or online shopping, perfectionism or procrastination, endless productivity or an overflowing social calendar, nightly wine or a fistful of peanut butter cups, we all do it. Whatever our escape mechanism, we are missing the life that is ours to live, and we do so at our individual and collective peril.
How do we stop hiding from life, and start seeking it instead?