When was the last time you stopped to notice the beauty of nature and “smell the roses.” Ok, some roses don’t smell that good but they all look very good. In our current state of existence, most of us don’t even notice nature anymore. Even in non-urban areas, people have so many items they allow to be stressed by that they don’t give themselves timeouts to smell the roses. when was the last time?

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

There is beauty in everything. They problem is that when we stay for too long in a place where the beauty becomes part of the decor, we become desensitized to beauty, at least in that setting. The beauty never leaves, but our awareness of the beauty is carried away by man-made things or situations.

This came to my awareness when I was once engaged in my morning routine and as I walked passed by a group of flowers, their beauty drew me in. Those flowers had always been there, part of the decor but I had never noticed them. For the rest of that week I made the decision to stop and admire those roses as they were on my walking trail. I did, and it was refreshing and rejuvenating.

When was the last time you literally stopped and smelled the roses?

Day 1 of 200 words per day for 10 days.