Take it Black.

Via David Romanelli
on Sep 2, 2012
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This is #25 of 108 Ways to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny, and delicious moment at a time.

#25 of 108: Take it Black

This past weekend, I was in glorious Colorado to teach at the Mountain Pose Symposium (amazing event for medical professionals) and King Yoga (amazing studio for yoga lovers).

I decided to take a yoga class. It was early and I needed coffee before the teacher arrived.

I asked the lady on the yoga mat next to me if she wanted a cup.

“Oh, that would be wonderful,” she replied.

I take my coffee black, so I rudely didn’t ask how she wanted it.

As I was walking away, she uttered, “Would you mind making it half-skinny, half one percent and three-quaters decaf?”

It was 6:30 a.m.

“Sorry I didn’t catch that,” I told her.

She reitierated, “Half-skinny, half one percent, three-quaters decaf. Thank you soooo much.”

“I don’t think I can remember that but I’ll try.”

“Just please remember three quarters decaf. Caffeine makes my eyes swell shut.”


The great Osho wrote that one percent of the world are geniuses, and one percent of the world are idiots. The other 98 percent of the world is mired in mediocrity, trying to be many things at once.

He goes on to say that it is better to be an idiot than to be mediocre. Because idiots are simpler and simpler is healthier.

On that note, does coffee need to be so complicated?

Nowadays, we have too many choices in every aspect of life, and “too many” lead to mediocrity.

So before you order your next “half-skinny, half-one percent, extra hot, split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip,” remember that how you do anything is how you do everything.

Or, as stated in this all-time classic line from the movie Airplane.



I’m hard at work in putting together my little plan on how to save the world.

The Manifesto: Restore value to the little moments in your day

>> When enjoying the morning, instead of reaching for the phone, reach for your kid.

>> When taking in a beautiful summer night, instead of a video, take a breath.

>> When eating dinner, instead of TV, how about a some good ol’ fashioned conversation?

Are you feelin’ it? I struggle with it too. So let’s push each other! We can do better…

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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


2 Responses to “Take it Black.”

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