Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the RosesInstant gratification is the cause of most of the problems in our society. Patience has disappeared from a long list of diminishing virtues. Every click, push, turn, and touch makes things beep, buzz, hum, and go pop. Most people don’t even need a key to start their car. Even the drawers and cabinets in many homes are “self-closing” so they shut without a push. We’ve come to this, America – turning a key and closing a drawer are hardships.

We have become a lazy people. We want things in a hurry. We are always in a rush. We don’t make time for joy. We are rats in a rat race. Spinning furiously around and around every day. We don’t savor time. We don’t enjoy those 86,400 seconds in every day. We don’t even take the time to enjoy our meals in this fast food world. We don’t take time to cook a homemade meal or sit down at the table together to eat as a family.

Is there anything wrong with being bored every once in a while? We are too rushed to be totally engrossed in something. Everyone is looking down at their smart phones keeping in touch with every detail of the day. We see the world through the lens of a phone, losing perspective about the most important things in life, our relationships.

Do you recall the last time you actually sat and did nothing for an hour? We are continually consumed by the flirtation of distractions. We go from one distraction to the next, never simply enjoying the moment. We have been blessed with the gift of five senses that we rarely use to the fullest extent anymore. Imagine the depth of what we could experience if we would stop and use all our senses to enjoy a friend, a relative, a nature scene, a moment in time.

We, myself included, need to slow down. I need to remember that Patience is a virtue. The rat race is full of rats. I don’t want to be a rat. Some of this perspective is only possible to those who have stared death in the face and have survived. They realize just how precious each moment of each day is. Time is nothing but a cruel beast. Let’s walk rather than run, let’s sit and enjoy rather than stand and fidget. The end of Summer and the beginning of Fall is upon us. There’s no better time than now to literally stop and feel the morning “chill” in the air, to bask in the warm rays of the fading sun, to spend quality time with the kids before school starts, and to literally and figuratively… smell the roses.