Roger Harty: Take Time To Smell The Roses

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WHAT ultimately is life all about if we don’t take time to stop and appreciate it, if we don’t take time to stop and smell the roses.

Everybody says it, that the world is getting faster and more and more people are rushing around in the constant pursuit of some sort of happiness.

One suggestion that we may never have tried is a very simple one. Has anyone ever tried ‘not searching’ in other words to ‘Call the search off’.

If it is true that we have never tried it then I believe it is certainly worth having a good look at. It is a classic case of – In doing we learn.

A good analogy for this is the image of a glass of dirty water. If you asked most Westerners what they would do with it, the inevitable answer you would get is to ‘throw it out’.

However should you ask the same said question of someone from the East you might get a different answer — ‘Let the glass of water be still’.

When we add the magic ingredient of time to the equation, the real beauty of the experiment begins to appear. The silt begins to settle at the bottom and crystal clarity emerges throughout the glass.

Smelling the roses brings equal joy to our lives if only we should take the time to do it.


What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

By Wm. Henry Davies.

When we take the time to ‘smell the roses’ the real beauty of God’s creation begins to arise within in the same way that clarity arises within the glass above.

This in turn results in gratitude for the magnificence of Our world and for the senses that we were given to appreciate it. Use them or lose them.

• Next week I am going to write about ‘Why it is hard to meditate?’

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