Stop and smell the roses. Roses don’t last forever. The seasons change. The flowers fade. And if we don’t enjoy them while we can, we might miss out.
My mom’s dad passed away when I was just five. Shortly after his passing, a plaque appeared on the kitchen wall that read,
“Let us love one another with a little added tenderness for the days of life are short.”
I remember reading it probably every day as I ate my cereal. I don’t think I got it.
Until I had kids. Until Sarah died. Until my mother-in-law passed away. I more than get it now. Somedays it terrifies me.
FishBoy8 is wrestling with some of these ideas right now. For whatever reason, mortality, particularly my mortality has been on his mind. Anytime I leave the house without him, his heart starts to pound a little. I get quite a few more hugs than I would on a regular day. Somewhere, without us talking about it or experiencing any tragedy, he’s wrestling with the idea that life is short.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Live like life is short.
Stop and smell the roses. Roses don’t last forever. The seasons change. The flowers fade. And if we don’t enjoy them while we can, we might miss out. This is true for nature, our children, our relationships. Enjoy them!
It’s important that we remember the fleeting nature of this life and live like life is short. In doing so, we prioritize the important things — perhaps having better vision for what’s truly important — and put our efforts and time into the things and people we hold dear. It’s the best kind of “no regrets” living.
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 8:15
Living like life is short is a great way to stop and smell the roses.
The days are long, but the years are short. I don’t want to miss them! For more short and sweet ideas on how to stop and smell the roses, to enjoy the little things in life, check out my 31 Days to Smell the Roses series.