by Charlene Burgi
Much like the predicted major rain storms, holiday expectations can really dampen our spirits. In fact, I was concerned that the approach of one of my favorite holidays was feeling more daunting than joyful. Yesterday, a very wise soul instructed me to stop and smell the roses. She advised me that the process didn’t need to be perfect—just enjoy your surroundings.
Her comment about smelling roses made me think of the peace that comes to me when I am in the garden. My garden was lost in the shuffle with the advent of holiday shopping, baking, wrapping, etc. I heeded the advice. The tasks still remain open; however, while shopping I stopped to admire the landscaping around the stores. When I came home, a few roses still carried beautiful buds graced in evening dew, the camellias were in bloom, and I could feel my spirit lift.
Research shows that merely being exposed to plants calms us down and provides positive energy, thereby making us less frantic. This supports the old adage of “stop and smell the roses.” It also explains why people will walk through a nursery or public garden for the sheer pleasure of surrounding themselves with the beauty of nature.
May I suggest, even if it is raining outside and tasks are piling up, stop and smell the roses. They may be just a memory in your garden right now, but take the time to remember the quiet walk, their fragrance permeating the air, and the joy of watching birds flit about. With that memory, watch your spirit soar!
And, if there is someone in your life that needs a lift, or if you are grappling for gift ideas, remember that this is bare root season and the new roses are available. Plants are a gift that will continue giving back to you.