Stop and Smell the Flowers

Outside my apartment complex are these small flowers. I zoom past them almost everyday and just see an orange blob. Upon closer look its a cluster of small yellow, orange, and red flowers!
Outside my apartment complex are these small flowers. I zoom past them almost everyday and just see an orange blob. Upon closer look, it’s a cluster of small yellow, orange, and red flowers!

Almost everyday, I get into my car and zoom around from one destination to another. I drive past countless storefronts, past little pockets of interesting things, beautiful trees, and flowers. Sometimes I just need to slow down. Taking a walk or going biking helps keep me anchored to the world around me. Driving will get me to places faster, but it’s when I walk that I notice how many interesting things I have passed by.

It always seems like everybody is so busy! We’re all working jobs then running home for dinner or going out. It’s hard finding time to fit in more things during our day. There’s a to-do list to tick off and a schedule to keep. Everyone is always on the run and trying to pack as many things into one day as possible. Our stressful hectic life can really take a toll on you. We can be crazy busy, but it’s also important to take some time for ourselves.

Slow down to notice the world around you
I was so amazed to find those beautiful little flowers growing around my apartment complex! Driving past, they look like a blur of orange. Walking by, I could see that they are so much more than that! Sometimes I feel like I move at such a fast pace in life that I miss out on things. If my eyes are only focused on the end goal, then I’m going to miss the entire journey I took to get there!

I’m doing so many things now to try to save money. It’s not fun always finding different things to sacrifice. Maybe I need to look at it in a different way. Perhaps instead of just saving money, I can do the things that will be more fun and something I enjoy doing. I should enjoy my life as I try to reach my goal of becoming a millionaire!

Take a breather
My mind is constantly going all day long. Sometimes at night, I can’t even fall asleep because my brain is still working. I even wake up sometimes in the middle of the night because of it! That’s when I know I need to step back and take some time to myself. Constantly moving at a cheetah pace is pretty crazy. No one can keep up that pace without breaking down.

Taking a break will also give you a different perspective. It can help you reach your goals and help keep you going. Think about why you’re working so hard and it will help you focus and give you renewed energy.


It’s the little things in life that really make me smile sometimes. There are many times when I have felt like I’m just plunging headlong towards a goal and not even enjoying how I get there. So enjoy each day and remind yourself that each day does matter!

2 thoughts on “Stop and Smell the Flowers

  1. I can definitely relate on the sleeping issues. I usually have not troubles falling asleep because each day leaves me exhausted. However, if I happen to wake up in the middle of the night my mind automatically kicks into high gear about all the stuff that needs to get done and it’s challenging to drift off again. You do make a wise point – we all need to stop and take the time to relax and we should do it more often than we actually do.
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    1. It’s something I have to remind myself to do. Funny how it works out that way. We’re so attuned to doing more that it’s actually harder to do less.

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