Roger Harty: Smell The Roses

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SOMEONE, who I have great respect for, put it to me very clearly recently when she said ‘Roger we are living a new reality, aren’t we?’

This is so true. We are living in a new reality and knowing that to begin with is a great start.

The thing about this present reality is that for once we don’t get to dictate the pace – the Coronavirus does.

Yes, I agree that the Coronavirus is in control and it is dictating to us as a human race to be still. It’s telling us to be aware of personal hygiene, to keep social distance, to remove ourselves from unnecessary business dealings and to stay at home.

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As a human race, it is telling us to be still. It’s as if the world is warning us ‘tut tut and listen!!’

From a world that is used to racing about the place like headless chickens this stillness is our new reality.

The thing is that if we apply this stillness properly and with a certain amount of dignity then great things can emerge from this.

We may learn to smell the roses.

How many people are learning new skills right now or developing on old skills that had remained dormant. I have never seen so much bread baked.

Young children are playing games with their families that they never have played before. With all the different kinds of extra-curricular activities cancelled (sports and music etc) children are experiencing boredom for the first time in their lives which is an important part of any child’s development. Learning to daydream and ponder on the wonders of the world.

Our environment is getting a well-earned rest. Nature is certainly benefiting from this Covid lockdown.

We need only look at our streams and rivers and notice how clean they have become. It is said that jellyfish have appeared in Venice for the first time in years.

The truth is that we all know that we were engaging in the rat-race of everyday life and with all of this computer technology were losing the most basic quality of all – the ability to connect with each other as human beings and with our world around us.

I use a great expression from time to time; ‘If you’re explaining, you’re losing’.

So to that end I’m going to leave it to the poets.



I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Be still and know that I Am God

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    Roger Harty, Smell The Roses!

    No, I would much rather we the Irish people and our government do something more productive and boycott any products or services from China after their Chinese Communist Party virus has done so much damage to our economy and killed so many of our people!

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