Reminder: stop and smell the roses


Sometimes life becomes a converged morass of email, reading, writing, number-crunching, slideware-designing, talking, selling, firefighting, and so on – and more so these days than ever. Noone has time anymore to have a quick chat about anything non-important, read an interesting article (or more than 140 characters), have a cup of coffee with a friend, take a walk, read a good book…  My long-suffering wife keeps reminding me to take a deep breath, take a walk, and "smell the roses" – just thought I'd pass on her advice…


An Autumnal Sunday afternoon in Boston's Public Gardens

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  1. where do you slot your blogging, along with the important stuff or the non-important stuff. I hope it is also a ‘Smell the Roses’ thing for you!

  2. Suresh,

    I am probably one of the most guilty offendors of failing to stop and smell the roses. “Practise what you don’t preach” is my motto…

    In all honesty, I usually do the odd blog early in the morning, but seeing as the stuff I blog about is what’s currently occupying my mind, it’s not that time-consuming. What’s more, it’s worth MAKING time for activites that are enjoyable and educational. I’ve found compiling blogs, and engaging in discussion here (and other blogs) highly informative and educational to my job. If that ceases to happen in the future, I dare say I’d invest as much personal time here, and do more rose-smelling instead -:)

    I also see blogs as crucial knowledge-sharing vehicles for co-workers and colleagues that can be both internal behind firewalls, or external on the Internet, like this one. Tools like Twitter are good for interacting, but poor for collaborating, as they do not allow for any quantity of content to be shared over longer time-periiods. I do see Twitter as an augmentation vehicle, though…


  3. Phil,

    Changing one’s mode of thinking, as we do when we “stop and smell the roses”, frequently enables us to make better sense of all the info we absorb in a day, thereby turning it into more actionable knowledge.

    Perhaps this framing will make such “stopping” more attractive to all the other Type A folks out there. (I use watercolor painting as my “stop”.)


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