“Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” Chuang-Tzu
My beautiful sister is a free spirit and continually reminds me to “stop and smell the roses”… literally. I still remember to this day one afternoon about 15 years ago we were walking through the Huntington building in Downtown Columbus. There was a flower shop in the basement of the building and Dana veered off walking away from me. I though she was just being random and absent minded… to my surprise she bee-lined to the flower shop and knelt down to a beautiful bushel of flowers. I asked her what in the world she was doing… keep in mind she is 10 years older than me and I probably said this in my most ultimate whinny, bratty little sister voice. She simply said…
“Taking my time to smell the roses.”
She may not have thought one more second about this event but for me it was a life long lasting lesson. STOP–TAKE YOUR TIME–ENJOY YOUR SURROUNDINGS
I often have to remind myself of this. I have a tendency to get caught up in the… next, next, next mentality… each day is treated like a checklist.
Sometimes it’s full of check lists of things NOT to do, NOT to eat, NOT to think about yet. Often it’s full of to-do tasks that I’m convinced someone will be upset if they don’t get completed. Really… it’s just me and I’m working on not only removing items from the list but being more forgiving on myself when the list changes.
How do you fill your day? Are you going from one task to the next, right into the next? Every have one of those moments where you want to get off the carousel and wonder when you even got tickets for the ride? I certainly do and each day working to find the TRUE Strength in getting off and smell the roses.