Jun 3, 2010

Stop and smell the flowers

Hi readers! Please welcome back Amber - the next guest blogger in the series of wanting to hear more from you. Let's join her in stopping to smell the flowers!

Hi there - Amber from Girl with the Red Hair here!

I love the overall attitude and outlook of Becky's blog. Love Everyday Life. Seems so simple and something we should all do more often, don't you think?

I'll admit. I haven't always been good at appreciating the every day small things. I tend to rush through life and "stop and smell the flowers" has never resonated with me.

Then, about a month ago now, I got the opportunity to spend three weeks backpacking around Europe. To say these three weeks changed me would be an understatement. Not only did it introduce me to new cultures and outlooks on life (and yummy new foods) it also gave me the chance to truly stop and smell the flowers: To truly Love my everyday life.

For three weeks I woke up every day ready to seize the day and enjoyed every minute of it. There were countless times I stopped and reminded myself, "You're in Paris!" "You're in Italy!" and just kind of stood there, soaking it all in. Sure, the entire trip wasn't sunshine and rainbows, but this outlook really helped me get everything out of it that I could.

I can specifically remember one day, near the end of the trip, when we were on a cruise through the Greek Islands. I was sitting on a wall, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and I just sat and stared at it for a good 10 minutes. I kept reminding myself that this was the Mediterranean and I was in Greece and life was good. I can distinctly remember breathing in the sea aire, staring at the view and just being for 10-15 minutes.

What a great feeling!
Now, a few weeks after returning to Canada, I am trying to take my newfound attitude into my every day Canadian life. I am trying to enjoy the start of the summer and I am trying to figuratively and literally stop and smell the flowers more often.

I melt into it when my boyfriend hugs me goodbye in the morning rather than rushing out the door, I bask in the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and when I'm out for a run I occasionally do stop and smell the beautiful flowers around me.

So, tell me readers, are you the kind of person that rush's through life? Or do you try to love every day life?

Thanks Amber! What do you think readers? When's the last time you stopped to smell the flowers?


Diana Mieczan said...

Hi:) I always try to slow down and enjoy my life but it is very hard because I am so busy all the time...
Amber what a great idea for a post!!!!
Have a great day ladies:)

Mandy said...

What a great post. I am the sort of person who does take time to notice the simple things, enjoy the simple pleasures that every day has to offer. Its like the quote from the Color Purple.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” ~Alice Walker

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

when i stopped and picked some in my yard monday night! i have such beautiful flowers in my yard and now i have two delicious smellin bouquets in my house and a lovely gerbera plant from a student and ahh love them!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Great post! I am not a 'stop and smell the roses' person in general, but it is something I am also working on. I am trying to slow down and take life in more. Summer is a great time to practice the whole 'stop & smell the roses' approach to living since there is so much beauty around me!!

Sarah Ann said...

It is definitely an important part of life. Thanks for the reminder to stop and breathe... :)

Tammy said...

What a great reminder that we have to enjoy every moment we are in, for this moment is our life!

I am making a conscious effort every day to be thankful for what I have in front of me, rather then being disappointed for what I don't have.

Have a fabulous day Amber - You are graduating!!

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