A few months ago, I was watching an old movie from the early part of the 20th century and heard one of the characters deride another character by saying, “If you were a weekend, there would be no parties.” Evidently, the person she was talking to was boring and dull. I chuckled when I heard it and it has stuck with me. The challenges of the past couple years tend to make me boring and dull too.
Several years ago, our maintenance guys planted some rose bushes in front of the unit office. For the first time last week, I plucked one of the roses from a vine and smelled its divine fragrance. It was a simple act, but amazingly satisfying. The fragrance has been available to me for several years, but I never took advantage of the opportunity. It is that way with all of life. There are plenty of beautiful experiences to enjoy, plenty of impressive accomplishments to celebrate, and plenty of wonderful things to appreciate. All we have to do is slow down and take the time to, well, smell the roses!