Slow Down And Smell The Roses

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank

We live in a world filled with busyness. It is easy to be so caught up with our busyness that we pay little attention or take the time to appreciate just how precious life is. In striving towards some future goal or dream, we may lose our connection with life, with ourselves, and forget to enjoy the journey. We end up becoming attached to our own view of life. But when the world doesn’t fit in with our views, we become frustrated and life becomes difficult.

We really should take a break from the fast track and slow down and smell the roses. The expression “stop and smell the roses” is not simply about flowers, but rather about how to live your life with a deeper appreciation of the world around us. It reminds us to slow down and notice the little things that make life worthwhile. Despite a busy life, it is important to know how to be present in the moment; otherwise those moments will pass you by.

When we slow things down, we have the opportunity to appreciate all the details and we feel connected with our own self, with all the people in our life and with the world around us. We begin to live in the moment. Accept the ups and downs. Make a choice to be happy.

One of the best ways to slow down is to go back to nature. Take a walk along a beach or in a park. Watch the ripples in a lake as the wind blows. Have an appreciation for the birds in the trees. Watch the stars at night. Be awed by the gracefulness of butterflies. Watch how bees fly from flowers to flowers. Getting in touch with nature helps us appreciate the little things and remind us that our life is fleeting.

Arriving home after sending my son to work, I felt a sudden urge to take a walk around Greenville, the gated-community where I live. Armed with my Canon DSLR and my Huawei P9, I started out on my walk.

A view of Greenville's landscapng

A view of Greenville’s landscaping

The lake near Greenville

The lake near Greenville

Some of my neighbours are very much into flower planting and gardening. A section of the housing area has been turned into a vegetable and fruit garden. I came across fruits like custard apples, oranges, pineapples, jackfruits and noni.

Custard apples

Custard apples

Pineapple

Pineapple

What are these fruits?

What are these fruits?

I don't know what are these fruits.

I don’t know what are these fruits.

A young jackfruit

A young jackfruit

Noni fruits

Noni fruits

But what I find most appealing are the flowers and insects. The wide assortment of flowers is a feast for the eyes. Flowers are so graceful with bewitching shades and combinations of colours. I saw a few butterflies,lots of bees, a moth and a lovely bug.

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Lovely flowers

Sunflower

Sunflower

A sunflower about to bloom

A sunflower about to bloom

A sunflower bud

A sunflower bud

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely blooms

Lovely blooms

Lovely blooms

Lovely blooms

Flower buds

Flower buds

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely blooms

Lovely blooms

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Lovely bloom

Bersih bloom

Bersih bloom

A real beauty

A real beauty

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely blooms

Lovely blooms

View of a rosella flower from the top

View of a rosella flower from the top

View of a rosella flower from the side

View of a rosella flower from the side

The grace of a butterfly

The grace of a butterfly

A stunning beauty

A stunning beauty

Such intricate designs

Such intricate designs

A beautiful moth

A beautiful moth

A beautiful moth

A beautiful moth

Beautiful moth

Beautiful moth

Beautiful moth

Beautiful moth

A bee gathering nectar

A bee gathering nectar

A moth or a butterfly?

A moth or a butterfly?

A hardworking bee

A hardworking bee

A beautiful bug

A beautiful bug

A beautiful bug

A beautiful bug

A beautiful bug

A beautiful bug

Palm tree trunk

Palm tree trunk

Palm tree trunk

Palm tree trunk

Palm tree leaf

Palm tree leaf

Parasitic ferns

Birdnest fern (Asplenium nidus)

Beautiful leaves

Beautiful leaves

When I looked at the fallen flowers and fruits, it really made me realise how transient life is. One day the flowers are proudly showing off their beauty and the next day, they have dropped to the ground or drain. It made me appreciate how precious my life is.

A fallen flower in a drain

A fallen flower in a drain

Fallen and wilted flowers

Fallen and wilted flowers

Fallen fruits

Fallen fruits

My dear friends, do take time off and slow down. Learn to live in the present and appreciate the people around you. You only live but once!

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world. – Christian Dior

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