I saw a car slow down in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. It pulled up to a beautiful rose bush in full bloom. I watched a lady step out, walk up next to the bright apricot roses and bend over to smell the flowers. I looked to the opposite side of the lot and saw busy people walking fast and holding tight to full shopping bags. A line of cars were driving up and down aisles waiting for the nearest parking spaces to open up in a rush to get holiday gifts. As I turned back to the solitary lady, I saw she had pulled a camera from her car. She took pictures zooming in and out towards the blooming flowers. As she lowered her camera to her side, she stepped forward again to take the opportunity to smell the roses.
There is a lesson for us all in her motions. As the old cliché goes, we should take time to stop and smell the roses. Many people feel they cannot take time with their busy schedules. Generally, it takes a life altering event to understand the importance of this action. Take it from someone who has been given the opportunity to understand the importance and joy of taking time to cherish simple pleasures.
Here is my wish for you this busy holiday season: Please, take time to relax, enjoy life. As Walter Hagen once said, “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”