Spring cherry tree blossomsWe’ve all heard the old adage, “Stop and smell the roses.” This phrase is used to encourage people to slow down and soak in the beauty that’s literally right under their nose.

In our “on-the-go” mobile society, we need to be frequently reminded of this. It’s easy to be so caught up in the daily rat race that we aren’t able to appreciate all the simply subtleties of the beauty that’s right in front of us.

Over the last six weeks during my daily walk with my dog and drive to and from work, I’ve noticed all the different colors that have been in bloom. All sorts of beautiful trees with pink, white and purple flowers.

A few weeks ago while walking my dog I thought, “Wow this year the trees are really blooming more than years past.” But just the other day it hit me, “I bet it’s like this every spring and this is the first time I have actually been present and aware enough to notice.”

Things can get so crazy that we need to create space so we can simply “stop and notice the roses” let alone smell them.

Beauty is important. Not just because it’s nice to look at or listen to, but beauty has the ability to awaken our soul and provide meaning to our lives. Too many people are just existing, simply moving from one moment in life to the next and aren’t fully alive. When we have meaningful encounters with true beauty it reminds us that even in our broken world there is something greater beyond ourselves that we should be pursuing.

And sometimes, in our image based culture, with the advent of Instagram and other apps like it, we settle for doctored up and filtered images of beauty that other people have captured rather than seeking out the real thing.

So today, as you move about our world, may your eyes be open, may your ears be in tune, may your heart be ready to encounter the beauty that’s all around you. May you be caught up into something greater. May your soul come alive.