C’mon, slow down and smell the roses. In the case of this week’s floral arrangement, it’s Callistemon (aka bottlebrush). Callistemon flowers actually have a very light/subtle fragrance (something faintly florally sweet). It’s the leaves when crushed that give out the best perfume – an intoxicating citrus/lemony scent, akin to eucalyptus. Anyhow, you get my message/point – stop, slow down and take the time to appreciate/enjoy life’s simple pleasures and its natural beauty/wonder.
It seems to me that modern life is running at a ridiculously fast speed (especially in the city and online). It can be crazy fast/hectic and competitive out there in the urban jungle/metropolis and world wide web. There’s a lot of noise and plenty on offer. People want more, want to do more, be more and achieve more (myself included at times, I confess) but often to the detriment of our well being and with negative consequences. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big. It can be a healthy appetite. But it can also be an insatiable/dangerous one too. The fantasy of a perfect happiness/utopia could be a forever unreachable mirage.
The key to happiness is to be content with what we currently have and where we’re at. Have a clear vision of what we want from life and take realistic steps to getting there. Don’t move too fast or be too harsh on ourselves if we slip or don’t achieve them immediately. Nobody is perfect and remember that tomorrow is another day to try again. Consistent hard work with balance will get us there soon enough.
Don’t be fooled by or jealous of what others have. Often, underneath the façade is a different story. Happiness is subjective and relative and peace is what we create of it. If we want something, continually work hard for it. It is that simple. And remember to slow down and take the time to enjoy the journey as well. It’s the simple and small things that matter. Who am I saying this to? Probably just reiterating it to myself. Om. smile