Saturday, November 5, 2005

Smell the Roses

I’m reading a book of essays and found this with which I strongly identify:

“The only time we have is today. We should live each day as our signature day. We may have ten thousand days remaining, or it could be our last. If this day stood for all of time, is this a day you would want to have your name on? ... Once you lose something unspeakable, a loss you think you couldn’t sustain, and you survive it, other problems change in their perspective. For me, time and relationships are really precious.” -- Marilyn Carlson Nelson in God is My CEO. A few years ago Marilyn lost her 19 year old son.

Problems do change in their perspective. Small problems lose their importance, but life and culture pull at us strongly through criticism and schedules ... we race around like ants in a disturbed mound ... until finally we slow to the basics of living and get back to the sustenance of Life ... with a capital L.

I’m reminding myself here to slow down. Smell the roses. Notice the flowers. Stop. Look. Enjoy this day ... the process ... as it comes. Paint what you feel, Vernita. Paint what you know and love.

Stop And Smell The Roses
Mac Davis

Hey Mister
Where you going in such a hurry
Don't you think it's time you realized
There's a whole lot more to life than work and worry
The sweetest things in life are free
And there right before your eyes

You got to Stop and Smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings everyday
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don't Stop and Smell the roses along the way