Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stop and Smell the Roses

More than a week ago, we received this year's first Christmas card. This is the earliest we have gotten one...ever!

I was surprised to see a holiday card this early...Halloween is barely gone and Thanksgiving is yet to come.

My friend who sent the card gave her explanation as to why it was so early this year. She wrote in her holiday letter that last year she had not gotten cards out until very late and was making up for this by getting her cards out now. I understand her thinking and even forgive the by-passing of a holiday, but it did give me pause to think that all too often we are looking towards tomorrow (next week, next month, next year) without appreciating the now. We fail to live in the moment. What are we missing by not paying attention to the present? What am I missing?

It is a good thing the card came when it reminded me that I need to "stop and smell the roses" and enjoy the in the now.

The past is gone, I've already lived it. I cannot live in the future, it isn't here yet and is always ahead (like tomorrow never comes because tomorrow always turns into today. We've all seen or heard about those silly Free Beer Tomorrow signs). All I can do is live in the now. I can plan for the future...I just can't live in it.


  1. That's a very good point. It's so easy to forget to stop and enjoy today when we're preparing for tomorrow. And thanks for the reminder!

  2. Very nice post. Especially at this time of year. I was a bit stunned when I received my card, too, but it did motivate me to take action. And hopefully that action will allow me more "in the now" time....

  3. What a very enlightening message for all of us to heed. My day to day living is my road map to the future, I just wish I could smell the roses through the dog pooh, 3 dogs, well enough said.