That Whole ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Thing

By Gene Turnbow, September 18, 2010

I think I’m finally beginning to understand it.

When your life is a blur of work and driving to and from work and being so tired from work that you don’t even have the energy to sit up and watch television when you get home – when things you thought were being handled for you aren’t being handled at all and it all winds up on your shoulders anyway – you start to lose the meaning of it all.  Nothing matters anymore look what i found.  You start to wonder why you keep doing it day after day after day with no reward and no purpose, and no joy.

Stop and look around you.  No matter what, that tremendous weight of responsibility you carry is only made worse if you forget who you are, what makes you you and why you started down the road you took in the first place.  If you can’t remember why you started down that road, and you realize it’s taking you to places you no longer want to go, it’s not too late to turn around, go back up the road a piece, and pick a different one.

Better choose – you only get to travel so many roads in your lifetime.  You’d better make each mile count.  And on the way, don’t forget to look around and enjoy the things you enjoy.  You have a right to it.

Look yourself in the mirror every morning and ask yourself, “If I got to choose what I’d be doing today, would I voluntarily choose to do this?”  We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow.  Your lifetime might be ninety years – or only thirty-two years, and only one more day after that.  Your days are the most precious thing you have.

So it’s not idle frivolity to “stop and smell the roses”.  You need to stop and smell the roses once in a while to make sure that the roses are actually still there.  And if they’re not, you need to go find some.

— Gene Turnbow

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