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Thursday, December 9, 2010

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,



Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com) said...

My grandmother used this phrase. She would ask if I wanted to "smell the roses" with her, and that meant we were going on a special outing, just the two of us. Usually it involved a meal out together, and we would visit art galleries, just to look (she was a wonderful artist herself), or she would treat me to a play or musical at the local theater. I owe most of my "culture" and love of the arts to her introducing me to the theatre and visual arts when I was young. Smelling the roses can be something fancy, like going for a walk in the botanical gardens, or staying at home, enjoying a good book curled up in your loungy clothes...I love the simplicity of just taking time out to enjoy all that's around you!

Julie said...

I'd love to smell the roses today ... it's 25 deg, windy, and we have 4" of snow on the ground! However, the point of your reminder holds -- and thank you for it! Blessings!

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Stopping, breathing, smelling, hugging, holding, caring, listening, praying. Thanks, Glynnis.


Theresa Haskins said...

I SOOOO needed this post today! It's funny how God knew it too! I usually skim blogs and rarely take the time to REALLY read them. Today, I needed to see this more than you will ever know! Thank you so much for being faithful to Him!