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Taking time to smell the roses

July 1, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
We are always in a rush to get things done at work and at home that we seldom take time to ‘smell the roses.’ I have good intentions on the weekend to just get outside and enjoy the weather, but it’s usually only for an hour before my mind wanders to the list of things I wanted to accomplish that day.

I do put a lot of that aside when my granddaughter is visiting and play with her both inside and outside as well as go to the park. That time is too precious not to drop everything else and just enjoy her. I can hear my mother saying, “No one’s going to stand over your grave and say you were a good housekeeper.” In other words, enjoy life as it happens and don’t worry about the small things.

The same goes at work – I have a list of things I try and accomplish and usually meet the most important things each day. But seldom do I have time to really just sit back and think about what I want to write about or even blog about. I promised myself that this summer when I had a couple of days off, I would do just that – nothing planned. That was recently made easier when the rest of my family headed off to a baseball game for the day and I chose not to go. I didn’t set an alarm to get up at any particular time, and I just decided to enjoy the beautiful summer day.

I sat outside for quite awhile just taking in the sounds of the birds chirping and squirrels running up the tree and felt the wind on my face. It was truly peaceful and I read a book – an entire book at one time. I didn’t have to make any meals or do any dishes – it was just me alone taking the time to smell the roses.

I guess I should take my mother’s advice because she really did know best!


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