“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

– Walter Hagen

 

We’ve all heard it. Been told it. Told people it. Posted it on facebook with a pretty picture (much like the one above). But do we do it?

No.

So today I did. I actually stopped and smelt the roses…these aren’t roses, but they are lovely none the less. I stopped and looked at how beautiful they are and thought how wonderful it is that the earth that we walk on each day is capable of growing such a creation, and how often we forget this. Rushing one appointment to the next and not really noticing anything around us. Constantly reaching for the next thing, next meal, next promotion, next event.

I know I am not going to stop, none of us are, not unless we disappear in the forest to live like cave people… which sometimes seems the best option. But it was good to take a moment and remember that I am a human and a creature of the earth, the same earth that grew these beautiful flowers. So today’s adventure was actually to stand still and be in the moment. I hope that you find just a couple of minutes to do the same.

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