Stop and Smell the Roses

Roses in my Garden
stop and smell the roses

Tonight I planted the very first Mothers Day gift I have ever been given-a miniature rose tree that K bought with her own money after she saw me swooning over it at Costco.  It was very nearly dead when she brought it home to me hoping that I could bring it back to life.  While I was outside I was grumbling and getting incredibly frustrated that I couldn’t find my pruning sheers so that I could make it look alive again…anger started to fill within me.  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you asked for…a child who calls you mama.

I finished planting my rose and as I was walking around my house tonight picking up pair after pair of little tiny dirty socks I started grumbling…why can’t they pick up their socks?  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you asked for…a family of your own who loves you beyond measure.

As I was turning off the lights and locking up the doors I started feeling sad because my love is away at drill serving his once a month duty in the United States Army National Guard…why can’t he be here with me?  I did not sign up to be a single parent once a month.  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you prayed for…someone who loves you for who you are, no matter what, forever and ever.

So very often we get SO wrapped up in our “to do” list that…

We forget to be grateful…
We forget that we are loved beyond measure…
We forget to be in the here and the now…in this moment…
We forget that this is EXACTLY where we are supposed to BE…RIGHT…NOW…

Right now, in this moment, I invite you to stop and just…

Feel both your feet on the ground
Close your eyes and take a deep breath
Hear your body
Slow your mind

Now…in this stillness…feel the gratitude seep through you and say “Thank You” and remember the next time you are in the middle of the “to do’s” that this is what you asked for, a life full of endless possibilities and absolute, divine LOVE!

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