Friday, October 18, 2013

Stop and Smell the Roses (or whatever your flower of choice is)

Stop & smell the roses. #quote

My life has become a lot busier in the last 6 months or so.

My job has become a HECK of a lot busier, I'm in a relationship which makes my life busier and I feel like I have a lot more evening/weekend obligations now...well, more so than I did 6 months ago.

The busyness of my life both frightens me and excites me. I used to be REALLY busy (like insanely busy with a job 6 or sometimes 7 days a week) and left that job and life a couple of years ago. The scared part of me doesn't want to be like that anymore. But I'm also excited about being busy because it means new opportunities and new relationships.

I've joked that my middle name is efficiency, because it's how I operate. Inefficiency really, REALLY irks me. I try to always be as efficient as possible and this means taking the shortest route, avoiding unnecessary conversation or multi-tasking my brains out.

While efficiency is very helpful in the workplace, I've learned that it's not always so in life.

Efficiency can cause one to miss out on "life". On life's lessons, on life's humor, on human interaction. We can miss out on all of those things by doing everything as efficiently as possible.

We sacrifice a phone call for a text and miss out on the chance to catch up with a close friend. We take an interstate route to our destination and miss out beautiful scenery from a slightly longer country commute.

We don't take the time to detour from the mundane and be a part of the natural spontaneity of life.

I used to always pride myself in being the person who notices the beauty in something that others often overlook and I fear I've gotten away from that lately.
So, here's my blogosphere promise to take time out  from being a multi-tasking, efficient machine and enjoy being a human being. I'm going to work on stopping and smelling the roses*.
Will you join me?
*Well, except not roses, because I don't like them. But...let's say gardenias, or lilies, or insert your favorite flower.

1 comment:

  1. I can SOOO relate to this.. as it's exactly how I've been feeling. I need to stop making my personal life a well oiled machine like my business, and just let it be and enjoy the ride. Such a good thing to remember!!


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