I love my roses. When I moved into my home just over 4 years ago, I was very close to cutting those ragged bushes out. It was March, so they hadn't started blooming. But I didn't get to it right away, and soon they began blooming. I'm glad I didn't follow my first impression to remove them, because they are some of the most beautiful, fragrant roses I've ever seen.
Every day either as I'm leaving home, or coming back, I stop to smell my roses. I melt into peace and perfect harmony with life - just for that small moment.
This past week I went camping with my church's young women group. I am one of the leaders, so was put in charge of leading the hike, and doing an astronomy program with them. Hoping to make the hike meaningful, and more than just a long, hot walk at 9300 feet, I put together some thoughts for them to share along the way.
The main idea I wanted to share with these girls is that everywhere in life there are moments, images, experiences that are life's roses. Those things that if we stop to "smell" them, bring us peace, hope, a moment of connection.
Some of my "roses of life" are a beautiful sunrise, a blazing sunset, blooming flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors, a smile, a hug, a starry night, good music, family, friends, a new discovery, my dog resting her head on my knee, a warm cat curled up on my lap, rugged mountains, a quiet snowfall.
All of these things, and so many more are the things that add beauty and fragrance to the world.
What are some roses in your life?