Smelling the Roses

In the 1950s with turmoil and war, Walter Hagen reflected on the social and political struggles of his time and encouraged others, “You’re only here for a short visit...be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” As life becomes messier, and decisions and opinions become blurry, we need to embrace every small instances that brings us joy.

As this phrase “stop and smell the roses,” may seem non-confrontational in an era where social justice needs to be at the forefront of our lives, it demonstrates the need to empower ourselves in the continuous fight to empower others.

Just as everyone else does, I have days I focus too hard on impending problems. One day, I obsess over the future of America, and the next, I obsess over the five pounds I gained last week. Everything is a problem; often times we can’t help ourselves from viewing the world as dim and ever-darkening.

I know consistent cliches seem as if they’re presenting a false sense of security, but seeing flowers grow in the sunlight, wafting their inviting scent your way, can help you realize the good in your own world. Hold on to every second you feel safe and confident, appreciate when you smile without trying, appreciate when you’re so lost in a moment that you don’t care how you look. Stop and smell the roses.