Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Brain Injury Blog by Janelle Breese Biagioni

May 2, 2011

Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Spring is in the air!  This is a lovely time of year where nature is rebirthed. The trees, grass, flower beds are bursting with colour and freshness. Listen for the lawn mowers and breathe in deeply the smell of freshly cut grass. Get outside and look at the blue sky. Lay on the grass or beach and watch the clouds float by. Pretend you are a kid and let yourself see shapes of animals and objects in the white cotton as it skims across the sky.

You have heard the saying… “A change is as good as a rest.” Well, not all of us can take a vacation and go sit by pool in some exotic hotel. But each one of us can stop and smell the flowers. These moments of solitude are “mini vacations” and they will do wonders to replenish our spirit.

Recovery is emotionally and physically taxing; therefore, it is vital to pace yourself. Sitting around watching television for 12 – 18 hours a day isn’t what I am talking about. I am talking about getting out, doing something fun, taking in the beauty that surrounds you, and giving thanks that you are here to enjoy it.

One of the most gratifying things that you can do – and one that will shift your thinking and feelings immediately – is to do something nice for someone else. Take a cupcake to a friend. Write a note and thank someone for being there for you. Offer to pull weeds for the elderly person down the street. Smile at the homeless person sitting on the curb. Do what you can to go beyond what has happened in your life and I promise, you will be filled with joy. When was the last time you experienced joy?

One response to “Take Time to Smell the Flowers”

  1. Marie G. Cooney says:

    Thanks Janelle!
    Great reminders for all of us. I also enjoy the many sounds of spring: the orchestra of birds singing right outside my apartment!

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