It’s a well known saying, ” stop and smell the roses.”
It was interesting to me that this phrase was probably first said by golfer, Walter Hagen.
That makes sense, as the game of golf is focused on staying on the fairway, and keeping the eye on the ball. If anyone saw roses at all, it means the ball took a different direction, than the one envisioned.
Golf has obstacles. Water, sand traps, and the wilderness, are just off the sides of the fairway.
If you don’t guide the ball properly, and you land outside the green, it can cost you extra strokes to get back in play.
It causes tension, and your approach to the next hole will be affected, if you don’t shake it off.
So the encouragement, ” Stop and smell the roses.”
Stop and smell the roses applies as we journey through our lives.
There will be days when we don’t guide things just right. Days that we end up in traps, over our head, and way off course.
We have to come back swinging! We have to take a deep breath and take another shot at it!
Your are going to go out of bounds some days. It’s a fact.
Taking time to smell the flowers along the journey is a powerful way to relax and let it go.
There are often roses right under our noses. ( I know, but I couldn’t resist. I will probably take a penalty strike for that one.)
When living life tries to subtract, counteract.
Stop and smell the roses. Look around and see the blessing of life and life abundantly. Get back in the game!