Often, it’s the rituals in our lives that bring us the most comfort, that pull us back from the edge, be that edge of despair, loneliness, frustration, hopelessness, or exhaustion. We create rituals to hold us like arms, to wrap us in familiarity and warmth. A cup of tea, a hot bath on a cold day, music, reading, watching a great movie or, in the case of my wife, baking, and baking some more. The rituals we create, end up becoming so much more than just the simple act itself, they become escapes from the noise and clatter of our lives. Tea, for me, is and always has been this. Whether we’re home or abroad, whether it’s Winter or the hottest peak of Summer, I reach for tea and it calms me, it settles me, it brings me back to myself. What are your rituals? What work best for you?