Slow Down

Rose--Debbie Johnson
Artist: Debbie Johnson
When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses?

Like, really? Not just said to yourself, yah more people should do that as you walk into a wall, texting that oh so important message about whatever. But, actually came to a full STOP in front of a gorgeous rose blossom and buried your nose into the intoxicating petals and considered how amazing this flower is? The color, the design, the fragrance.

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t even stop long enough in our busy culture to notice much of anything, let alone bring our racing minds back from eight weeks into the future to only knowing right now. To be so present that we can in fact, STOP to smell roses or those amazing citrus blossoms that are all over right now, or that oh so delicious cup of morning coffee, and really appreciate and be grateful for these simple gifts.

Experiment a little today. Take a minute or two to calm your mind, take a deep breath, enjoy the beauty around you, be present. Be thankful.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a gorgeous sunset calling my name.