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We often live life full speed ahead – rushing from one thing to the next. And certainly there is much work to be done. But we must also remember to take time to smell the roses to truly enjoy the good life God has given us.

It’s clear we live in a fast paced world. And while our modern conveniences make life easier in many ways, it still seems like we have less and less time to get done all that’s on our plates.

Taking time to smell the roses seems like a nice thought, but a luxury that doesn’t fit into the current demands of our life.

But we actually miss the good life when we’re always in a hurry and too busy to enjoy those small and sweet moments of each day.

For example, this might be simply spending a moment or two playing with our kids before rushing off to work. Or perhaps it’s taking the time to hug and kiss our wife tenderly instead of our usual peck heading out the door.

This might also be taking a walk outside on our lunch break or pausing to listen to our favorite song.

Likewise, we might choose to simply watch the squirrels play or marvel at the eagle soaring high above.

Whatever it looks like, smelling the roses is taking the time to enjoy the many rich blessings God has given us.

And this doesn’t require a major time commitment. It’s just slowing down enough to enjoy what’s happening in the moment right in front of us before rushing off to the next thing.

We allow our souls to become depleted and drained when we’re too busy to smell the roses.

Continue to work hard and accomplish the many tasks before you. And remember to occasionally stop and smell the roses as well.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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