Stop and Smell the Roses.
We’ve all heard this quote. I hear it all the time. But what exactly does that mean? What exactly do you do when you “stop and smell the roses?”
What if there are no roses? What if you want to smell them, but you don’t know where to look?
Never fear. LittleMissKeri is here to help you with this predicament.
As I listen to my Straight No Chaser and Secondhand Serenade playlist, I am reading a book.
But not just any book.
No, this book is a book I wrote. and am still writing.
You see, I have challenged myself to join the challenge called “1,000 Gifts.”
This challenge is quite simple, yet very difficult.
What is this challenge? You may be wondering. Wonder no more. Let me tell you.
The Challenge: find 1,000 little joys, or as I call them, gifts.
Before you freak out: you don’t have to find them all in one day. Don’t stress. Rather, over time, write down the little joys as you find them.
As you go through your life, you will start to see the list grow and grow. Eventually, you will reach 1,000 gifts.
When? I don’t know. That depends on how you accept this challenge. How good you are at spotting hidden treasures.
This challenge is simple because all you have to do is write down the little joys you find in every day life.
Such as a rainbow, a child’s smile, or maybe even an extra five minutes of sleep in the morning.
Whatever the little joy is, you write it down.
This challenge is very difficult, because although you have to write down the little joys in life, you have to find them first.
This is easier for some, yet harder for others. For me, it’s hard.
I’ve explained to you before that I have a tendency to rush through life, not enjoying the many moments that are supposed to be the “roses” I smell every day. I am an organized freak who loves my planner and won’t do anything different then what it says. Every little thing, from doing homework to taking a shower, is written in my planner so I won’t forget it.
Needless to say, finding little joys is not so easy when you have a schedule that you strictly stick to, let me tell you.
But each night, I look through my book and write down the little joys I have found that day. On some days, this is a very easy challenge, because I can remember the little things that made me smile. One day, I wrote ‘the sound of the rain on my roof, Christmas music, the sun, mango Fuze, chicken nuggets that aren’t too hot or too cold, and hugs from close friends.’
But on other days, like today, this challenge is difficult and I can only think of one, maybe two, little joys hidden in today’s agenda.
Nevertheless, this challenge has helped me stop and take in my surroundings. I find myself saying “that’s number thirty-three… that’s number thirty-four.” Counting in my head what little joys will soon find their way into my book. Some times, I can’t find anything. I’m getting better, though. Even if it’s just one little joy a day, that’s progress. It’s finding something that I may have missed yesterday.
So, I challenge you. Find 1,000 little joys. Find 1,000 gifts. Stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Then, on days like I’m having today, when things weren’t very great and you are so excited to go to sleep and have a new start tomorrow, you can read your book of little joys and realize that even though you feel horrible, there are little joys all around you. big breath.
All you have to do is stop and find them.
Because as the famous quote says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”