This morning as I was sitting at home watching the Tournament of Roses Parade on TV, I got to thinking about making my “1st of the year” resolutions. Usually, they’re only good for about a week. But, what came to mind was to stop and smell the roses more. It’s a practice I think we all should adopt. Sure, we may need to lose weight, exercise, and whatever else, but often we don’t take the time to enjoy where we are right now and be grateful for what we have.
I work with people who are workaholics. I guess I’m the opposite. I’m an anti-workaholic. Having a passion, project or goal is always a good thing, but sometimes it can take over your life to the point that you have no life at all. I have friends who work like crazy all day and into the night and usually end up getting sick from it.
I enjoy what I do immensely, but I also like to stop at a reasonable time to be with friends or family, have fun or simply chill out. It’s about achieving balance.
Many retired Baby Boomers have the opposite problem.
While some retirees are out experiencing the world, trying new things, keeping themselves busy, and enjoying life, others are sitting around stagnating. They become bitter, angry, depressed, and resentful or feel like they’re invisible. They’ve given up on the world and are waiting to die. Some turn to alcohol, drugs, eat badly, neglect their health or let themselves go.
Rather than sit at home by yourself, get out and do something you’ve never done before. Join a new group, club or volunteer organization. Or, go out in your backyard and actually stop and smell your roses.
Everyone has their own way to enjoy and experience life
I love to travel or visit places I’ve never been to in my city, play with my dogs, walk, or hang out with my girlfriends. I also like to spend some time alone to write, think, read a book, meditate or just watch the sunset.
As women, we tend to martyr ourselves by taking care of everyone else’s needs first. The truth is: we’ll be happier and survive longer if we take time to attend to our own needs, pursue more opportunities, and relish even the simplest things in life.
What are your favorite ways to stop and smell the roses? Please leave a comment below.