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Stop to Smell the Flowers

Spring has sprung in many parts of the world, but how many people actually stop to smell the flowers?

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Having a purpose is great — it’s what gets us out of bed in the morning. While a life of doing nothing seems luxurious, most people would become depressed without purpose. You need a reason to get out of bed in the morning, whether to tend to your garden, look after your family, or practice a skill.

However, purpose isn’t always something we choose. We get out of bed in the morning because we have to make a living, but we make a living doing something we loathe. We get trapped in our own habits and seize to ask ourselves why we are doing what we’re doing and what we’d actually love to do.

Even when we are doing something we love, we sometimes become blind to our own lives. We act as if on autopilot 24/7. We do what we need to do, not stopping to ask ourselves how we’d like to do it and what we’d like to experience along the way.

When was the last time you woke up in the morning and asked yourself what you’d love to experience today? Would you love to create memorable moments with your children? Or would you love to cook a beautiful meal for yourself? Would you love to sit down for five minutes with the sun shining on your face, or would you love to share laughter with friends? What would you love to experience today?

I catch myself time and time again thinking about what I need to do to get from A to B. I need to work, I need to exercise, I need to cook, I need to pick up the kids, I need to… But in the midst of it all, even if I’m enjoying myself, I forget to ask how I’d like to do what I’m doing. Sometimes I do it all with huge levels of stress, instead of enjoying the moment. Sometimes I don’t set time aside to just sit in the sunshine for three minutes. Sometimes I’m more focused on putting food on the table, than enjoying a meal with my family.

Focus, essentially, creates reality. What we focus on we create. Sometimes we turn into robots focusing on what we need to do instead of how to do it. We forget to enjoy ourselves. We forget that this very moment is our life. Instead, we think once we’ve completed A, B, C, we might be able to relax for a minute. But life should be lived every moment. Sure, we all have days when we walk into a wall, but on a regular day, try waking up in the morning and asking yourself how you’d like to feel when doing the things you need to do today? And what would you like to do to feed your heart and soul? Sometimes all you have to do is remember that food isn’t just about cooking a meal — it’s about enjoying a meal. 

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