When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses?
In today’s world I strongly believe that we get caught up in the noise of day-to-day life. Going to work, paying our bills, wondering and worrying about that next thing in our lives. How often is it that we as humans, as adults living in a concrete society do we actually slow down to “stop and smell the roses?” One of many life sayings that we hear throughout our lives, but never truly acknowledge until we do the action the quote is telling us to do. It is then we have our light bulb moment. It is then we fully understand the quote and embrace it as we breathe deeply in the moment that is surrounding us.
Yes. I am guilty of this also. More than I care to admit. I live in noise most often created by myself. At other times created by the world around me. I allow myself to live in that noise to the point where it is no longer noise to me anymore, but the norm of adult life. I get caught up in where my life is at the moment, where I want my life to be and how come my life is not there yet. Taking for granted all I really have in that moment and all I will ever have is that moment.
Living in a future not yet created, because to me that future is better than the moment I am in. This is a sad reality of life. And then I stop and I smell those beautiful roses and I am brought back to living. Living for the friends I have surrounded myself with. The smell of food cooking. The glass of wine in my hand. The crisp coolness of the Autumn air as I lay on my bed catching up with my friend. Laughing and hearing stories of her summer adventures out on the Alaskan and Canadian ice fields.
Looking at this beautiful soul in awe of how brave she really is. She has a light that shines from within her. A light that draws me near to her presence. We talk and I share with her how far I have come in my life since the last time I saw her. And then we talk some more. Life swirls around creating memories as I cook dinner for us. I ask about her ex-boyfriend and we discuss my past boyfriends. Drinking wine and living. Not thinking of the tomorrow that lays around the sleepy corner. Or the yesterday that is no longer a mystery.
The first time she came to my house, I had just moved in. It was then that Brittany decided the floor would forever be our spot. And so it has been. I cooked up a meal to spoil not only her, but myself with. Alaskan king crab, steak, salad and the red wine she had brought with her. Life was good. Life was this moment. We talked as we ate, still sharing our thoughts on life, when I stopped both of us for a moment.
I looked around at the amazing food in front of us, and said how truly blessed in this life I am. Blessed I could afford to buy an awesome dinner. Blessed I have a home to cook it in. And blessed I have amazing friends who I want to share that time and love with. Yes.
We get so busy in our lives working to pay bills. Working to just be able to leave work that we forget to stop. To listen to the world around us. To LIVE in the moment. I am guilty of this crime also. All I can do is ask you and ask myself to stop and look around at our lives. To realize that even when we think our lives aren’t going so great, to see just how blessed we are. It is in those moments of stillness that you live.