Let’s Fika

 

There is such a thing as the sock-of-the-month club. It’s true! Each month a fun pair of socks arrives with a letter telling the story behind the featured footwear.

I’m not a member, but my dear friend Carolyn is—and she loves it. January’s sock letter delighted her so much, she wondered if it could inspire a blog. And it did!

This month’s sock design was inspired by a Swedish daily ritual called “fika.” Loosely translated, fika means “coffee break.” It can be a noun or a verb.

Fika is a chance to take a minute for yourself, to enjoy a coffee or tea (and usually a sweet treat), maybe connect with friends (although it’s perfectly fine to fika in solitude). Apparently, in many Swedish companies, this break is mandatory—sometimes even one in the morning AND one in the afternoon!

The thing about fika that makes it such an awesome coffee break is that it’s not really about the coffee—it’s about the break.

Here in America, we’re likely to pause only long enough to grab a cup to go and hope it powers us through the day’s demanding schedule.

Fika is all about slowing down, taking a true break, making the time to either have a reflective moment to yourself or a nice conversation with a coworker or a loved one. Time to savor.

I had a wonderful moment of bliss in a coffee shop recently. It was on a yucky, overcast wintery day. I struggled with whether to treat myself to a pastry until I was informed that the blueberry crumb cakes had just come out of the oven and were still hot. The decor was lovely, the mellow jazz was perfect, my latte was delicious, and I was enjoying a new book I had just received for Christmas. I had a fika.

The Sock Club letter says, “we hope that as the new year starts, you can join us in our resolution to pause for a little bit each day and be thankful for friendship, for coffee, and for fresh pairs of socks.”

Now that’s a worthwhile resolution if I’ve ever heard one! If you would like to join me for a cup of friendship, let’s schedule some time to fika!!

Category : Blog &Personal Growth Posted on January 8, 2018

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