You always hear people say ‘stop to smell the roses’… but how often do we actually listen? There is something breathtaking in every day and it could be as simple as the clouds in the sky, the birds chirping in a tree or the night sky illuminated by the stars. These beautiful things are all around us and they’re free! So why don’t we acknowledge their beauty? Well, it’s simple; most of us are stuck with our cell phones in our day-to-day routine. My everyday routine includes going to school, to work, to the gym and to yoga – it’s extremely easy to get stuck in that automatic schedule. But that would be awfully boring. I challenge you to notice the little things, the way the rain gently falls to the earth, the force that the waves use to crash into the sand and the way the sun sets miraculously every night. Let these things make you feel something… embrace their beauty.
My ‘stop and smell the roses’ moment was my drive home.
10 minutes of bliss…
Driving home from work today left me feeling at peace. It was stifling hot, about 38 degrees Celsius with the humidity, but my goodness was it ever beautiful. With the country music playing, the windows rolled down and the sun gently kissing the side of my face – I felt at home. There’s something refreshing and humbling about coming home that’s almost inexplicable. It’s grounding, reassuring and offers you a welcome greeting every time you return. It allows me to recharge a little so that I can go back out there and keep pursuing my dreams.
On my drive home I passed a couple of farms, green grass, and trees as far as the eye could see, the small pasta shop and second-hand store on the corner, the river, and many friendly faces waving at the passing cars (friends and strangers alike). It felt safe. Despite the ever-changing global climate, it’s refreshing to truly see the good in every day and every moment. I found ‘that goodness’ today and I was probably smiling like an idiot the whole way home – but I don’t care. In that moment I was happy and no one could take that away from me. Embrace the ordinary, the every day, the 9 to 5 or whatever your life may entail. Because if you stop long enough I guarantee you will find something beautiful – there’s always something beautiful. Today – it was my drive home.