Taking Time To Smell The Roses

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My previous post The Presence Of Passion featured a single rose.

Here are a few more.

My then six year old daughter, in pinkish garb,takes in the fragrance of a neatly matching rose flower.

It was possibly the first time she had done so.

Freshness.

Discovery.

Mindfulness.

The saying “take time to smell the roses” is almost a cliche of mindfulness rhetoric.

But how often do we not do that exact thing? We know what they look and smell like. But we take them for granted, ignore them and so deprive ourselves of  sensory moments of joyful rediscovery.

There are thousands of such moments that pass us by because we are think we are too  busy ,or have simply become blase.

We have to make time for joy and newness in our lives,to discover and replenish.

For time is of the essence, just as rose petals are crushed to form the essence of perfume.

Which brings a telling song lyric to mind:

” If you don’t stop to smell the roses now

  They might end up on you “

( Husker Du , ‘These Important Years ‘)

 

 

 

 

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