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Smell the Roses

Take some time to smell the roses.  And not just in an allegorical way.  I mean, seriously, get out there and smell the roses!

Okay, I suppose any flower will do…the point is, get outside and sample some the amazing and miraculous Creation that surrounds you.  It’s one of the most rewarding and yet simple things you can do for yourself.

roseThe act of getting outside alone will make you feel better, and if you can lose yourself, even if just for a few second, in some of the beauty of nature, it will send a shiver through your soul.  It’s good stuff.

This is something that I’ve made a ritual of mine for years.  Any time I see roses and have the chance, I absolutely make myself stop and sample the wonderful scent. 

I don’t know if someone told me this when I was a kid and it got wedged into my subconscious, or perhaps I’m just slightly crazy…maybe a little of both.  What I can tell you that it’s like a mini-therapy session, and it makes me feel like I’m a little more in touch with the world I inhabit.  I believe you’ll have an amazingly similar experience.

Earlier I said that any flower will do, and I metion that because I understand that you may not like the way a rose smells.  Of course you would be in a category of folks much like those who don’t like chocolate or hate puppies, but it’s okay…if you don’t like the scent of a rose, get into the aroma of another flower, or bush, or tree, or anything that doesn’t have a hornet’s nest sitting in it.

“But,” you say, “I’m allergic to flowers!”

Okay, you got me there.  If that’s the case, then I would suggest in a very parabolic manner, you smell the roses.  What I mean is, don’t actually do it, but find another way to absorb your surroundings.  Take in the beauty of nature.  Appreciate the handiwork of God.  Just be still for a minute and look around.

Trust me on this one, whether it’s literal or figurative, you’ll never regret taking the time to stop and smell the roses.

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