Life Lessons from a Greyhound: Stop to Smell the Roses

greyhound rosesSpring is in the air in the Pacific Northwest with Summer quickly moving in, and with it comes the dreaded “spring cleaning.”  Indoors, it’s a time for me to move the furniture around, hunt down those dust-bunnies, and deep clean.  In backyard, I see weeds that need to be pulled, patio furniture that that needs to be scrubbed with OxiClean, and concrete that needs to be power washed.  The list gets longer the more I look around.  When will I have the time, along with my day job, mom job, blog job, etc. to do all of this?  Furthermore, do I really want to do it?

Luna, on the other hand, took this past week as an opportunity to show me what life is all about.

Life Lesson #2: Stop to Smell the Roses

The great Chicagoan, Ferris Bueller, said it best:

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ok, so let’s move past the part where I try to persuade you that the 80’s was a great era to be a teenager (I sooo wanted to be Molly Ringwald), and let’s get to the point that dear Ferris was trying to make: take time to appreciate life in all its splendor.  Let go of the hustle and bustle, and just stop and look around.

When I was a Pennsylvanian, clouds for the most part were nothing special.  Don’t get me wrong, they were beautiful and fascinating, but they were, compared to the Pacific Northwest, quite boring.  I have never seen a lenticular cloud until moving to Washington.  I’ve also never seen a Kelvin-Helmholz cloud until I moved to Washington.  To Pennsylvania’s credit, I did see some undulatus asperatus clouds about 7 or 8 years ago, and that was very cool, but seeing lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier definitely trumps a rolling wave cloud.  Yeah, it’s no secret – I’m a Nerd with a capital “N” – have been all my life.

The bottom line is: I would not have seen those gorgeous clouds had I not paused from my busy life and just looked up.   And seeing these things makes me happy.  So while Luna takes time to smell the roses, and while I look up at the clouds above me, what will you do to appreciate life?

And if you missed Life Lesson #1, check it out here.

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2 thoughts on “Life Lessons from a Greyhound: Stop to Smell the Roses

  1. I love this post. You are not alone in your yearning to have been Molly Ringwald! The 80’s were great. Don’t even get me started on the music! Anyhoo, this post hit close to home as I’ve been doing a lot of Spring cleaning and rearranging as of late (along with momming and blogging, too) and we sometimes just have to stop, go outside, watch the dogs play and feel the breeze. Ferris Bueller was a wise young man.

    • Oh my goodness, the music! Flock of Seagulls? The Cure? OMD? My discovery that U2 existed? I could go on and on. Best decade ever. (Although we are dating ourselves, aren’t we?) 😉

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