Slow Down And Smell The Roses

Its Monday. Usually I have a list of goals. I like writing goals and to-do lists, they make me feel like I have some control over my week. Which we all know is a lie, but it is nice to pretend sometimes.

Inside of goals, this week I have some words of wisdom to share with you. So here it is.

I think we all need to slow down. Take our time. Stop to smell the roses. All of that stuff.

The other day I was out with my family running errands, on the way home while in slight traffic a car pulled up besides us – it wasn’t really in a lane, there were parking spots on the road – and the car preceded to start honking its horn at a parked car. A parked car! No one was even in the car! And this guy just laid on his horn. We were stopped at a red light, so this went on the whole time.

Now, I try not to rush to judgements, maybe this guy was in a hurry. Maybe he had to get to the hospital (it was in the other directions though… so….). Maybe there was an emergency at home. Maybe the guy just really had to pee. Who knows the reason behind this.

What I do know that is if he was paying attention, if he wasn’t in such a rush, he would have noticed that the car was in a parking spot, no one was in, no taillights were on – or break lights.

After he finally realized it was a parked car and got back in traffic he was speeding in and out of the lanes. Again… in a hurry.

People, please listen. There are enough hours in the day. It may not seem like it, but its true.

People, we need to slow down. We need to stop rushing through the day, rushing through tasks, counting down the hours till work is over, counting down the days till vacation, counting down till the weekend. Or whatever else it is people do to wish away the day.

We need to learn to live in the  moment and enjoy that moment, whatever it holds.

Life is made up of hard days, easy days, fun days, bad days, happy days, and sad days and so many more in-between. Life isn’t made to wish away days.

Its all those days mixed in together that make life beautiful. The good and the bad together, when you take them together there is something beautiful there. You just have to take the time to slow down and look.

So next time you are out, take your time, smell the flowers, stop and enjoy the sunset, slow down and realize you are honking your horn at a parked car with no one in it, trust me it won’t help you get any where any faster.

Enjoy your day, whatever it holds.

Let me say this again, whatever you do just don’t be in such a rush that you honk at a parked car. It won’t help. I’m serious.





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