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Finding Time to Smell the Roses

Updated on September 9, 2015

Trying to Beat Time

In this day and age, it appears that taking time to smell the beautiful roses is something of a novelty rather than a moment of divine grace worth experiencing. It seems that we are locked into a fast-paced society in which everything we partake in or experience has to be fast or we do not want to do it. We find ourselves driving our car upon a highway at breakneck speeds, weaving between cars, only to arrive at our destination a few minutes sooner. What did we really accomplish with our race car driving? Do we put our life or other people’s lives in danger?

We look in the mirror and wonder where all the years have gone. It only seems like yesterday that we were small children enjoying our time in the playground with our fellow friends. It felt like we had all the time in the world. However, this soon changed when we reached adulthood. We had to grow up. We had to take on responsibility. We joined the so called “rat race”. Yet we have forgotten what it is like to be alive:

To notice the magnificent stars that blaze in the night sky; the gentle breeze that caresses our skin; the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.

These are gifts that we have taken for granted. We do not notice the beautiful rose because we are too busy racing from here to Timbuktu. However, this mad quest to beat time is only proof that we are truly missing the point:

Life is meant to be lived.

There is an entire world out there to explore. It is quite sad that we do not even know ourselves. No wonder many have great difficulties in their interactions with others. Our first relationship begins with the self. We are told by Socrates and others to “know thy self”. When we love and respect ourselves, then we can truly give it to others. It is a genuine love. It is real love.

Jack Johnson - Breakdown

Embracing the Beauty that is All Around

The secret to embracing the beauty that is all around us is simply accomplished by bringing our attention to the present moment.

If our attention is focused elsewhere, then we will not appreciate the beautiful flower that is in front of us. We will not notice its form, color, scent, or energy. If we come from a place of love, then it will be easier to recognize this beauty. It will even be possible to see beauty in the desert. But if we come from a place of anger or hatred, then that is the reality that we will see. In this state of mind, we will not even notice the magnificent botanical gardens before our eyes, because we are too busy trapped in our personal drama. However, we are reminded by nature that this does not have to be so. We can step into her beauty any time we want to:

It only requires a conscious act of our awareness.

The Canvas of Your Life

An amazing and extraordinary thing happens when you take the time to notice the beauty that is all around you. Not only will you see more beauty in the world, but you are, whether you are aware or not, a reflection of this beauty. We forget that life itself is a miracle. When you step out in nature and really pay attention to things, you are literally watching a work of art in motion:

The beauty of a leaf sailing through the air; a bird filling the landscape with their beautiful songs; or the magical butterfly dancing before your eyes.

If we observe children, we will notice that they are great teachers. They see the world with wonder and awe. The next time you observe that magnificent sunset. Remember: That is a reflection of the magnificence within you.

You are a beautiful being of love.

Now immerse yourself in nature's beauty and spender.

Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World


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      Terry Fatland 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Kimberly for the kind words. I well definitely check out the hub, Terry

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      Kimberly Bunch 

      9 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      The journey back to self... Nice Hub!! Here's one you might like:


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