I just had to share the most beautiful sight. This morning the roses in my and my neighbor's front yard looked especially vibrant.
Every morning I walk by this bush, and I think to myself, "Stop and smell the roses."
So each morning I pause, press my nose against a bloom, and breathe deeply. Just that second's pause seems to do something in me. It orients me. It settles me. It reminds me there is beauty to experience all around.
I need to do that type of thing more often. With things and people other than roses. Like ...
* Pause and look into the face of my child.
* Put my arms around my husband and hold for just two seconds longer than normal.
* Call my mom ... just because.
* Sit down on the couch with no agenda and listen for God to speak.
In this busy Christmas season, that rose bush was a good reminder for me to seek out more sweet moments.
Speaking of roses, I ran a little contest earlier this week to give away a bar of rose scented soap. I'm happy to announce the Emily B won the soap. Thanks for the suggestion on showing hospitality to someone going through a hard time.
Stopping and smelling roses,