Most of us have heard of the old adage that tells us to ‘stop and smell the roses’.
While this saying can be interpreted differently by different people, the general consensus believes that this old adage actually has some good advice hidden behind the literal idea of smelling roses.
You Slow Down
Stopping to smell the roses, quite literally, helps you slow down. You take time to enjoy the beauty of the roses and the scent can take you away to a calm state of mind. As you stop to literally smell the roses, you start to realize other areas in your life where you could slow down a little to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
By stopping to smell the roses you actually ‘learn’ to have a deeper understanding of appreciation. The tiny gesture of pausing to enjoy the sweet scent of these beautiful flowers, transforms your mind to a place where you ‘feel‘ appreciation. You appreciate this sweet scent and in turn learn that appreciation can actually make you feel good inside.
Reminded of Goals
When you stop to smell the roses, perhaps even during their bud form, you are reminded that the most beautiful of things take time to reach their full potential. A rose bud smells of that sweet scent, but it doesn’t look as a pretty as a rose in full bloom. Stopping to smell the roses in this early stage will remind you of how it takes time to achieve the full potential of your goals.
As you take time to stop and smell the roses you feel gratitude. This natural beauty has gone from an ugly bud to a beautiful flower full of colorful petals. Pausing to take in that sweet scent of roses allows you to feel gratitude towards the little things in life. Nature’s beauty can transform your mind back to a place of high gratitude in all areas of your life.
Enjoy Life More
Last, but not least, stopping to smell the roses is good advice because in its simplest form it reminds you to ‘enjoy life more’. We all live frantic lives with busy schedules which lead us towards a fast paced life where we miss out on the beauty around us. When you take the advice to ‘stop and smell the roses’, you ultimately learn to enjoy life more often.
While this saying may be old, it has a current meaning in our modern everyday life. Even in our fast paced technological lives it’s the little things in life that fulfill our soul to the deepest level. Stopping to smell the roses truly allows us to pause, reflect and appreciate more.
If you’ve stopped to smell the roses, it means you’ve taken time out of your day to notice them.
And that can only be a good thing.