Slow down and smell the roses

Have you ever experienced one of those moments when somebody says something to you that stops you in your tracks, not because they have said something bad but because they have given you the exact piece of advice that you really needed, but could not find the right words yourself.  Preoccupied with my busyness, my head-spinning, chattering ten to the dozen, I literally could not hear myself think.  Unbeknown to me I sat myself down next to a very wise and observant person and at some point I must have uttered the words, “I am not really sure what to do.”  The wise person spoke and said, “I will tell you what to do, you need to slow down and smell the roses.” Stunned into silence (happens rarely) I just nodded in agreement, I did need to slow down.  I had been spending far too much time on activities that that close the heart.  I had let all the little and unimportant things come in between the things that I love doing the most, my blog has been neglected, I haven’t baked any cakes or made anything nice with beads for a week or two. It is so easy to drift away from the things you love doing for the sake of the world of obligation.  I always find that drifting away from the things I love doing the most creates a sense of unhappiness.

So I have spent a bit of time putting myself back on track, I have slowed down and started making more time to do the things I enjoy instead of wading through my never ending list o things to do, ticking each chore off one by one.  Somethings can wait.  It amazes me how quickly  things can get out of control if you let them, let life take over instead of spending some time on doing the things you enjoy whether it is time with the family, baking, painting, going for a walk.  We all need some time out.  Since getting back on track I have certainly felt a lot happier and life is good again :-), I can smell the roses.

I have been reading an interesting book on the lessons we learn in life and there is a lovely quote which I think is very apt for this post today –

“Build your life around your heart.  Don’t try to shove your heart into your overbooked busy life” 

Sonia Choquette

Thank you for reading Andrea xx

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