The Importance of Relaxation. Stop and Smell the Roses.... PLEASE !!!!
Sometimes I feel that there aren't enough hours in each day. Just as soon as I think that I can sit and unwind, there shows up this next thing that needs my immediate and most urgent attention. There is work and family responsibility, Christian/spiritual or community commitments. There are children who need counseling, pets to care for, friends who want just a "slice of my time", bills to pay, emails and letters to read and respond to and all the unfinished projects listed on that never ending "To Do List" of mine; did I mention time to sleep? Let's not forget all the trips I intend to take, dreams and promises to fulfill! Tired, no I am exhausted just from thinking about it all! It is time for me to stop and smell the roses.
I am not alluding to a drop and run stance. I am not encouraging one to "check out" of daily responsibility. Not at all!! It is about observing the need for a time out. It is about taking a moment to breathe. It is so very easy in today's world of NOW, NOW, NOW, to forget oneself and get lost in the process of living. It is so frightfully natural to lose one's sense of purpose. Life has a way of stifling us and snuffing out the things and people that really matter. The ever elusive quest for success sadly isolates us from the beauty around us and from the people we love.
When we spend more time at work and in the pursuit of material gain, something and someone suffers a loss. To strive to succeed, climb the corporate ladder or excel at whatever you do, is a most positive goal; to do so at the expense of losing ourselves, those we love and sight of the little things in life that matter, is a tragedy. When the responsibilities of life take over and we cannot appreciate the beauty of nature and the strength and importance of our relationships, it is time to stop and smell the roses.
I want to be remembered as one who loved, one who cared and one who mattered to others. I do not want to be measured by the size of my bank account, the car I drive or by my house on the hill, if I had one. If I have accomplished these things, let it be through hard work, but not to that extent, that I sacrificed my loved ones or the things in life that truly matter. How many lives have I touched? Have I been a good friend, loving wife and mother? Have I taken the time to fully appreciate the beauty of nature? Have I positively impacted the life of a child? Am I balanced? Do I know where I begin and work ends? Do I make time for myself, my health, my goals and my dreams?
Did you answer "No" to any of these questions?
Please, stop and smell the roses!!
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