We’ve all heard the expressions “stop and smell the roses” and “life is too short.” They both refer to living your life with a deeper appreciation of people and the world around you. They’re reminders to slow down, to notice the little things, to not take things for granted, and to be present.
When I was young, I didn’t look at life in this way. I guess I did take things for granted. After moving out on my own, I felt my parents would always be around, and I would, at some point, find more time to be with them. But now they are gone, and I wish I had spent more time with them, even if just to hold their hands and walk around the lake. It’s only until now (in my later years) that I appreciate the moments I have with everyone and everything in my life. And I think it’s because the moments and the years of my life seem to be flying by and I don’t want to miss anything.
I can spout all the words and phrases that we have all heard, but none of it means anything if you don’t take the time to look out the window. There’s so much that our world and the people around us have to offer.
In my busy life, I try to make time for my family and friends. I also think it’s important to connect on a one-on-one basis so that you can build deeper relationships. I make a point to have fun and laugh with my friends and family. Taking the time to make these connections and being kind (even in small ways) makes others feel special. And isn’t that what life is all about?
So look out the window and notice what’s out there. Be positive, appreciative and grateful about everything in your life and the people around you.
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