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A Truly Spiritual Human Experience While Drinking a Cup of Tea

Sep 9, 2008
You can make great changes in your world by doing simple, small acts of kindness. Mother Teresa once said, "God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love." Guisepi, from FreeTeaPary.org is a perfect example of Mother Teresa's words - and he's doing so, one cup of tea at a time.

The concept of "free tea parties" grew organically out of a lifestyle Guisepi was living. He always enjoyed a good cup of tea, but in early 2005, he started sharing his tea with others from the tailgate of the truck he was living in. By offering a little bit of food and tea with people on the street, great conversations and interactions took place that bridged the gap of so many stereotypes, colors of skin, and educational backgrounds that normally would never intermingle with each other.

People who attended his impromptu tea parties explained to Guisepi how honored they were to experience something so pure and unique. Guests would leave the truck party filled with a feeling of love and unity like never before. Feeling inspired to go into the world and make a difference in their communities for the better. Guisepi says that serving tea is affordable, easy to do and is a gift that brings him unlimited joy. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Recently, Guisepi turned in his truck for a small school bus he nicknamed Special Edna. She is a match made in heaven for his tea parties! A small group of people can fit inside, Guisepi can easily park her on the street and anyone can see her from a good distance to spot him out. Special Edna is also his home and he gratefully shares his space and his tea with folks who'd like to join.

Serving free tea is nothing new to humanity. "Much of the world already incorporates free tea parties into their everyday lives." says Guisepi, " Whether it's at the top of the Himalayas after a long journey by foot, sharing a yerba mate in Argentina, or an afternoon snack in the UK, free tea parties are one of the oldest and most universal interactions amongst people around the world that still exists."

Inspired by his actions, friends of Guisepi host their own forms of tea parties which warms his heart. While traveling through Northern California, he met a man who was so inspired that he made up his mind to follow a life dream to give free soup to people. Whether it is tea, soup, coffee, or any other offering, the underlying purpose is the same - to share an authentic human bond with others.

If at all possible, you really must go to a free tea party. Should you live too far to attend one of Guisepi's parties you could easily host your own. It is definitely a remarkable event that will stay with you forever.

I am grateful to have been in attendance of a tea party hosted by Guisepi one summer night in Southern California. In a matter of minutes I was welcomed by strangers, enjoyed delicious tea, took part in delightful conversations and felt 100% present the entire time. I will never forget how alive I felt that evening and now strive to recreate that feeling everyday with new 'strangers' I meet on the street.

Guisepi is a wonderful example of someone who is making a difference in the lives of humanity, by serving peace one cup at a time.
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Are you a fan of positive news? Gayle Etcheverry searches the globe and proudly shares good news and inspiring stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things for humanity. Please spread the spirit and God Bless Humanity!
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