“Stop and smell the roses.”
This is one of my favorite idioms. The meaning is: we should take time to relax; take a break from our busy schedules — in order to enjoy or appreciate the beauty in life.
Many of you know that I have a dog. His name is Spike, and he is an energetic dog who loves to go for walks. I usually take him for his morning walk. It’s a very peaceful time to be out and about. We can hear the morning birds singing and enjoy the fresh morning air. On our way home I pass by my next-door neighbor’s rose garden. She has over a dozen varieties of roses! It always makes me happy when her roses are in bloom, and I always take a moment to “stop and smell the roses.” Even Spike knows that when we come to my favorite rose bush, he too must stop and pause for a minute.
The roses aren’t always in bloom, so what do I do during the rest of the year? I do my best to spend a few moments each day to stop and enjoy the beauty I see. Sometimes it’s a sunset or a rainbow. At other times, it’s the smell of my cup of chai or the fresh herbs I am preparing for my meal. I also like to look for hidden art in buildings, shops, and houses. What do you do to relax and appreciate the beauty of life? Let’s talk about what you do to “Stop and smell the roses,” at our next English Village.
Looking forward to seeing you at our next English Village sessions:
Thursday, July 1 and July 8, from 10:20-13:20 at the 4号館2階地域連携プラザ. 10分だけでもOKです!