A man with bright red gloves scraping ice off a winshield, captured from inside the vehicle.

Day #90: Stop and Smell the Roses

One fourth of the way through this experiment. I have enjoyed getting to know myself more. I have marveled at sudden insight and struggled through posts of little importance. But not once have I not continued the journey; I still don’t know exactly where I am going but I think it’s to the center of my best version of myself… the gentler, more aware, less urgent me.

I read something yesterday that took my breath away because it describes exactly who I hope to become, the way I endeavor to live and love others. I will leave you with it and a picture of my flower that chose to bloom today. Always stop and smell the roses, gentle readers, that is one lesson I have definitely learned in the last three months.

“Beauty is being fully yourself, without being full of yourself. When you share generously of yourself, you are beautiful. When you know the beauty of yourself as you, then you know the beauty of others as themselves. You allow others to discover themselves in and through you, making no claim on them to be a certain way to satisfy your self- interest. Instead, you discover yourself through the play of being. Self and nonself complete each other, and beauty shimmers.”

Walking the Way
Robert Rosenbaum

A pink Lily displayed in a table-top vase.


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Rachel Olienyk

I'm mother, wife, and worker but most important human. I have accepted a challenge to "take a walk" everyday for one year. My goal is in giving space to mindfulness I will create intentional living. I've decided to share my journey through blogging. Be it peace, be it inspiration, be it annoyance, I hope you feel as you read and in feeling may growth transpire. Namaste my gentle readers...