Tuesday, February 28, 2012


STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.  No doubt you have heard some variant of this phrase more times than you ever wanted to.  Too bad!  It gets repeated because it's important.  It is easy for us to get so fixated on some goal that we ignore everything else.  Enjoying life should not be something we are  going to start doing as soon as we _________ (You fill in the blank).  Life is now.  Enjoy it now.  You do not have to wait until you are rich or successful, or famous or powerful to be happy.  Learn to enjoy the world around you, the gifts of beauty and fun that are offered at every turn.

"See a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour."

Figure out what Blake meant by those lines and you will have gone a long way toward understanding how to get the most out of life.  Here is one more quote I would like you to always carry with you, "This is the day the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Whatever your feelings about "the Lord," don't pass up the opportunity to "rejoice and be glad."  It's why we are here.


1 comment:

  1. You are so right and it took me until I became a Grandma to realize it and at least another year to put it into practice. Everything else (think housework) will still be there when she goes home. I finally learned to just relax and spend the time enjoying her. From there it became much easier to take time to smell the lilies -- and pet the cats!