N O T I C E ~ I went for a walk last week with my daughter, and along the way we saw this beautiful rose. “It looks like a sunrise,” she said as we snapped photos.

There are a few things I love about this. First, I love that my daughter noticed and compared the colors of this beautiful flower to that of a sunrise, and I love that we were both drawn to its beauty and paused to photograph it. I love that our Arizona winter allowed for an afternoon walk so we could witness the bloom.

This is the true meaning of “stop and smell the roses” (yes, it smelled lovely too!) – to slow down and notice something beautiful when you might be inclined to pass it by.

Anne Frank said, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

Here’s a tip if you find yourself feeling blue: look around! Look out your window and NOTICE the color of the sky. Close your eyes and take a deep breath – NOTICE how your inhale feels as it enters your body. Look around and see all of the colors that surround you – NOTICE the ones that you’re drawn to.

Being intentional with what you NOTICE can create the sweetest shift. Slow down, my friend. Stop and smell the roses.

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