Stopping to Smell the Roses

The earth we live on is a truly amazing place. Think about it for a minute – it sustains life for hundreds of thousands of species of plants, animals and of course, humans. All while it is constantly changing and evolving underneath the surface. Pretty incredible when you think about it.

But how often do we do that? How often do we stop and see the earth and say “Wow!”?

Not nearly enough. We’re frequently too busy rushing off to the next man-made appointment, event, or to-do list, to truly appreciate all that the earth has to offer.

Who cares? Why is that important?

Perspective.

Taking time to look around, to just stare in wonder at the things around you broadens your perspective. It helps you to realize that the world existed before you did and will continue to exist after you’re gone. It gives you appreciation for the fact that we are guests on the planet, people who are sharing the environment with other people, animals, plants etc. That we aren’t quite as important as we think we are.

Developing your sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around you helps life to slow down. It keeps you from taking yourself too seriously, while encouraging a sense of creativity and adventure.

So the next time you’re driving down a road and see something cool, stop. Check it out. Wonder at the world around you – you never know what you might find.

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