“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns–the pains and problems they cause you–and enjoy life.” ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die …
How often do I stop to enjoy the day that is happening around me? Sure, there are tasks that need tending too and requirements of me for the day; and perhaps I am facing difficulties and pains today. But there really is no reason that I cannot experience the whole of today–the beauty, the good, the marvelous and glorious that surrounds me.
Most of us have a tendency to focus on our future. We worry about the requirements of tomorrow instead of being completely present in the today. But this only serves to derail us from creating a beautiful today… a today that could in turn help us to also create a beautiful future for ourselves. Worrying about the future generally lands us in a perpetual cycle of negativity that spills over from one day to the next.
We hold the power to enjoy our life–day by day. But it is something we must choose to experience–we must choose to “take the time to smell the roses in our lives while we can,” so that someday, we will not look back on the days we have spent with regret. There is only one today you will ever live. How will you live it?
Make the time to truly enjoy your day.
Questions to consider:
How does worrying about the future affect you today?
What difficulties might you face tomorrow? How much time have you spent today thinking about them?
What potential blessings surround you today? How can you enjoy them to the fullest?
For further thought:
“We can stop waiting for life to become perfect and start working with what we have got to make it as satisfying as we can. We can accept, bless, give thanks, and get going. Today, we can begin to call forth the riches from our everyday life. Procrastination has robbed us of too many precious opportunities. Call a friend for lunch, begin to read or even write that novel, organize your papers. Try a new recipe for dinner, smile at everyone you meet, sit and dream before a blazing fire, pick up your needlepoint again, act as if you are grateful to be alive, scatter joy. Think of one thing that would give you a genuine moment of pleasure today and do it.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach