We have gotten feedback from some customers that our Wi Fi is to slow but I want to let you know the reason behind it isn’t about being cheap but is related to our overall philosophy of what we want the Bergies experience to be. It’s not just about a great drink but creating a unique environment to enjoy that drink.
We live in an environment of faster, faster, faster in all areas of life and especially related to our technology. I find myself frustrated quite often when my technology doesn’t go as fast as I think it should. I need to remind myself often of the big take away I learned from my journey up Mount Kilimanjaro last summer.
The mantra of the entire hike was pole, pole which in Swahili means slowly, slowly. Our guides conveyed to us a daunting journey to over 19,000 feet will not be successful for the average person unless you move slowly. This became overwhelmingly apparent as the trip progressed. I have also learned this also applies to our everyday life journey.
When I asked one of the older African leaders of our group why we didn’t experience some of the amazing experiences the African leaders of our team had in their journeys his answer was “your American, you never take time to slow down and listen” This was a profound revelation for me as I thought about my life and the faster, faster mentality that I myself had adopted over the years. I think often, how did I get this old and where did the time go? Could I have enjoyed life more if I wasn’t always in such a hurry?
Technology has given us instant gratification in most areas of our lives but ultimately it seems only to provide fleeting happiness in our society. I’m old enough to remember life without cell phones and the internet and amazingly we survived growing up without these conveniences.
What does all of this have to do with our little coffee shop in downtown Gilbert you may be thinking? Well its related to an environment that we have chosen to create. We have tried to create an opportunity to slow down, get away from the technology part of life and have conversation, meditation or just a place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by! Please never expect to see televisions in our shop! There is so much more to be enjoyed in life by taking time each day to turn away from the technology and reflect on the life and people right in front of us.
Now more than ever I appreciate the opportunity to build community over coffee and reflect on what binds us together not what makes us different.
All of us at Bergies appreciate the privilege of serving each customer and we strive to make your day better by stopping by regardless if the visit is for several minutes or several hours. We want your day to be better because you made the effort to choose us!
My challenge for you is to take a few minutes today to turn off technology and listen. It may be to listen to your partner, a child, God, a friend, or nature. Everything has a message to share when we take the time to “listen”.
In addition to pole, pole our African friends taught us pamoja, pamoja which means together, together which is the way Brian and I successfully climbed to the rooftop of Africa last summer.
Our Bergies team looks forward each day to working pamoja, pamoja with you to celebrate our unique community with the bonus of great coffee!
As always grateful for your patronage.
Bergies Coffee Roast House