“Stop and smell the roses” is an old saying. I don’t know much about the phrase’s origins, but it’s basically a gentle reminder to slow down and take your time, to just be, and to be grateful and happy for the beauty (and opportunities) around us.
Each time I go to the grocery store, I literally stop and smell the roses. Try it some time. You might like it. 🙂
Today I purchased a bodyboard for some beach fun:
I smiled at seeing the hibiscus flowers on the last board for sale in the size that I wanted. Yesterday I posted a photo of a hibiscus flower on my balcony, so encountering a version of the flower again today was a nice surprise.
Here is a poem I found related to this hibiscus redux:
Hibiscus and Sparrow
by Raj Arumugam
it’s just a moment
with the hibiscus in bloom
and the sparrow in flight
chirping as it does, perhaps;
just a moment, perhaps all of it
in the stream of being and existence:
and me, just getting up from my chair