The flower that represents the month of June is the rose. I love wild climbing roses. As I think of them now I can't help but reflect on the common abbreviated phrase "take time to smell the roses". I don't have very many roses blooming yet but I just brought in the last of the peonies before the storm came in today. As I sit here and type, I can smell their sweet aroma. They are one of my favorites too. I wish they lasted longer though...so I would have more time to enjoy them.
This leads me back to the phrase..."take time to smell the roses" . Surely there is a profound message here and one of great timing. Aren't we are all so busy in our daily lives today? Making our chore lists and checking things off only to replace them with more. It is good to have goals to keep us organized and going in the right direction...but how often do we take time for what's really important? For the sweet things in life that offer us inspiration...the things that fill our spirits with grace and gratitude.
This spring and summer I've managed to have a tiny bit more time on my hands. Ironically I felt a bit of anxiety on how to spend it. There is always a long list of things that I should be doing and I feel a the tug of war between those things and the things I would really like to do or could do if I had more time. Could it be that we are all trapped in this game? The "shoulds" versus the "coulds". Is there time for both? Or maybe there comes a time in life where we need to reevaluate what is really important, take time for all of the things that fit that category and remove some of the things that we could simply do without. If we are truly honest with ourselves I bet we could adjust that list and make a much needed change in our lives.
I took some precious "time out" this spring to rebuild one of my gardens and install a field stone wall in front of it. There was no real need for this but it was something I had wanted to do for years. Because it was not a necessary goal it never made my chore list...but it was always in the back of my mind. So I finally did it....and all by myself. It felt good. Although It took a lot of work I managed to do it and get it all accomplished in less than a weeks time. At the end of the project I felt very proud. Now It symbolizes something very important to me.
Field stone walls surrounded my grandparents farm...a special place where I grew up, and we played around them daily. I think they represent a nostalgic but important foundation for my youth. Even thought there were plenty of chores to keep us busy on the farm we always had time to play too and my fondest childhood memories came from this cherished place. My grandparents instilled a great work ethic in me and I think they are also proud.
I am re-inspired by the roses and I will be taking time to plant more of them this year. I hope that they can become a symbol... a reminder to take time for the things I want to do, to do the things that bring me joy and symbolize what is important in my life. These things clearly are the very things that make life sweet, bring the most happiness and offer inspiration.
Life is sweet may we take time to enjoy it....much love, Tamara