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Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite mugs, each for a different reason. And while you’re looking at mine, would you please think about what your favorite mugs are? To me, the humble mug is a symbol of comfort and joy, that vessel that holds our comforting or uplifting beverage, as we shift gears for the day. Aside from breakfast time, maybe we are re-setting ourselves at the end of an afternoon. Or maybe we are shifting down from the day to relax on our way to bed.
Today, a vast array of mugs are available to enjoy. We have personalized photo mugs, initial mugs, and slogan mugs. We have art mugs and souvenir mugs, even plaid mugs and mugs that come in a little sweater (Target). We have mass-produced mugs, hand-painted mugs, and mugs in many different shapes. I love mugs that remind me to set my mood on “great”, in any of several ways. Here are my top favorite mugs at the moment.
- This “Happy Happy Happy” mug was produced by the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty fame. Phil Robertson said basically, you can choose to be happy, whether you have a little or a lot. [See Philippians 4:11.] It just reminds me, each time I lift it: oh yeah! Let’s be in our Happy! Sweet.
2. This oriental mug is just pretty. My holistic practice is based on oriental energy medicine, and I tend to be attracted to oriental designs. This mug is also a tribute to our loveliest and dearest things not needing to be expensive: I found it in a market in the $1 mug section, 35 years ago. I’ve sipped a thousand cups of tea and coffee from this one.
3. This mug is special because it’s a dream-reminder mug. You can get the plastic kit from a craft store for about $1 (Michaels). Pull out the white liner, then pull out the paper insert. Then glue whatever inspiring words and images you like onto the paper insert, in the spirit of a dream board. Mine says, “Beyond Expectation” “Imagine a place that arouses your senses” “Imagine” “Dream” “Wealth”. The background is lush desert landscaping and a pine with long needles; a mountain vista is on the other side. So every time you lift this mug, you are reminding yourself of your dreams. Btw, I now have a beautifully landscaped Feng Shui Garden with a giant long-needle pine, in my own southwest-style home. Pundits would say I called it in with my little dream board.
4. This little pair of history mugs each hold about 5 ounces. My husband and I stayed on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, a few times, and we bought the demitasse mugs there. I love to think about the heyday of luxury cruising: people strolling around the decks in leisurely fashion, taking in the sea air, dancing in the ballrooms to live music at night. So I love staying in a Queen Mary stateroom and exploring the huge, historic vastness of the ship. What sweet memories these little mugs evoke!
5. The final mug I’m sharing today is the most special one I’ve ever had. I purchased it at a massive arts festival around 20 years ago, in the heyday of street fairs. It was probably about $20. I am always thrilled by the colors, the layering of the enamels, the gesture of the elephant, the curves of the piece. For me, it’s elegant artistry, and I feel elegant when I hold it. If you want to see more elegant artistry, look for FoxLo ceramics online. You’ll gasp for joy at their images.
So, how about you? What are your favorite mugs, and what do they evoke for you? Why do you enjoy them? Would you send me an image for a future column?
The World holds so many opportunities for hurt and ugliness. It’s crucial that we nurture the Good and the beautiful in our lives as we are able. The more we are in step with the good feelings of life, the more we find we’re Healthy, Happy, and Loving Lifesm? It’s up to you!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress solutions expert, holistic guide, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime energy healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .