Smell The Roses
“Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” I’ve heard this saying my whole life, but what does it really mean? In my opinion, it means on our journey through life, we should not get so caught up in reaching our destination that we forget to enjoy all the wonderful things on the way there.
Last week, I asked some of my fellow bloggers, “How do you know when you made it?” There were numerous thoughtful answers, but one stood out. One blogger said something to this effect. When I make it, I probably wouldn’t even know it as I would have set up new goals and start to pursue those. I’m all about setting goals, chasing them, and making dreams come true. But this answer made me see how, like everything else, if it is taken to the extreme, it is not ideal. What’s that saying, too much of a good thing?
The same can be said about the proverbial rat race. I need to make more money. I need to upgrade my title. I need the corner office. Setting goals and climbing the corporate ladder or expanding your business is terrific and I encourage everyone to do so, but if taken too far, you will be blinded and miss the memorable stops along the way.
A few of my fellow bloggers are battling a mountain of debt. But if your entire existence now is to shovel money into this gaping hole, you might not fully appreciate all that life has to offer. This is not a reason to go crazy, splurge, and add to your debt. Just remember to not let your debt define you.
To clarify, this is not a reason to be lazy and undisciplined. This is just a reminder to remember to enjoy the process, celebrate your minor victories, while also shooting for your dream. In my mind, this is the ideal happy medium. You will enjoy smelling the roses along the way and because you won’t be as burned out on your journey, your destination should be that much easier to achieve.
What’s the point of goals if you don’t enjoy them and are too busy chasing the next one?
P.S. This song is hideous, but it shows why John Lennon and Paul McCartney are the bigger Beatles.