Stop and Smell the Roses, Find That Place Carved Out Just for You

Updated on March 6, 2020
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Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

Take the picture, but more importantly, capture it...to memory
Take the picture, but more importantly, capture it...to memory

Renewal

I took my own advice, I removed myself from negativity and strife

Stepping back, I reassessed and reengaged with the more meaningful parts of my life

So many blessings and opportunities right there in front of me for the taking

Whether I choose to accept them or reject them, will be the choice of my own making

Discernment and good judgement come over time and with age

Letting our guard down, although in our nature, may reflect when it's time to disengage

While I can be involved with the many things which will always interest me

it is up to me alone to know when to delve in and when to just let it be

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Stop and smell those roses, find that spot carved out just for you

Whatever it takes to sanctify you, then that is what's required you do

Approach the moment, take in the beauty, whether a sunset or a colorful new bloom

You'll never find it to take it in, if you're wrapped up in despair and gloom

These are the best prescriptions and they won't cost you a single dime

For the benefit of restoration, these moments make the best use of limited time

Wishing, hoping and longing; simply saying I know what's needed for me

is a faulty practice indeed, an unhealthy "just letting it be"

Reflection is a key ingredient, focus a critical goal

These moments of reassessment and renewal, begin the healing, trust me, you'll feel it deep in your soul!


AB Williams





Smell the roses
Smell the roses
Take in all that Spring has to offer
Take in all that Spring has to offer

© 2020 A B Williams

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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      There’s that other comment, I was in ghost AB mode, lol. Oh well!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Good morning Flourish, I had responded to your comment, but it’s not here (hmmm....maybe it is out smelling the roses :)

      Thank you! It feels so good to know that there is an end in sight. We may have to anticipate a little bit longer, but getting back out into “the world beyond” will be so much sweeter.

      Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Lora, thank you so much!

      This whole pandemic thing has really taken its toll but I agree, for many, the focus will change, to those things which really matter!

      So nice of you to stop by!

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      AB Williams 

      5 months ago

      Good morning Flourish, thank you! I think there will be a whole new appreciation for so many things that we have come to take for granted.

      We may have to anticipate a little bit longer about "the world beyond", but having an end in sight, makes the anticipation that much sweeter.

      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 months ago

      I love your poem! Sometimes we need adversity to dig deep inside ourselves and find something that we can really focus on in making our lives worthwhile and become happier people as well. Excellent work!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      I look forward to springtime renewal and your words here were right on target. I look forward to being able to enjoy the world again beyond the confines of my home and yard. Stay safe.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      No, the link stays! :)

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      I totally understand. Neither was I. You can delete the link I sent if you want since it's in the comments here, but it's got a summary of the storyline. It's just a YA story. What I thought I was watching was a story about how he brought her healing. I didn't expect the tables to be turned and he also to need healing he was unable to find. So if tears of bittersweet life lessons are to be avoided, stick with my original advice about the film.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Maybe I will have to pass for now Shan...I am not in search of tears!

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Keep a tissue handy for the end!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for sharing Shannon. I will check them out, haven't heard of book or movie.

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      On second thought, politics aside, this story does somewhat fit your theme of stopping to appreciate the small things. And special places, come to think of it. I haven't read the book yet, but I watched the movie the other night. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_Bright_Place...

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      I feel the same Paula. As we get closer to November there will be more 'political speak' from me. LOL!! No doubt! But, taking a break for now!

      A fireplace, a rocking chair and a book...sounds heavenly to me.

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      Suzie 

      6 months ago from Carson City

      Angie......Yes Maam!!! I cut myself off from the continual yakkety-yak, moanin and groanin (by the Baby-whinin Libs!) and the stress of all political trash-talking, months ago! I simply couldn't handle it any more. We all need a break at a certain point. I'll get back into the groove when we get closer to the most important time, as in NOVEMBER!!

      Living on Lake Erie, there are beaches here, every 5 miles.....but at the moment, they're snow and ice! I'm into a rocking chair in front of the fireplace with a good book, girlfriend.

      Maintain peaceful surroundings!! Paula

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      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Mitara, it is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and we forget sometimes.

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      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Eric, I am so glad you are refreshed! :)

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      Mitara N 

      6 months ago from South Africa

      That was a beautiful read... thank you for reminding us "To stop and smell the roses"

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well you just refreshed me, Thank you. These words are so very right.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      The beach picture is St. Petersburg beach, it is on the west coast of Florida and is one of my favorites. It is beautiful!

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      I said a couple of months ago, but I meant a couple of weeks ago we had the flu. Get sick. Get well. Get sick again. Blah. The lady at the school attendance office said that there's some flu-like virus going around. But, yeah, you're right....out of the way! Spring is my favorite time of year because I don't like the cold and I love seeing all the new life pop up everywhere. Plants and birds, baby animals. LOL

      I love hills, by the way. To me, there's something so incredibly peaceful about being up on one and looking at the view. I don't know why, but I've loved them since I was a kid. Probably because I grew up in the flat Midwest. Haha......But right now, I'm really diggin' that beach picture of yours. I happen to love roses, too, except a mimosa and the beach sounds more appropriate. ;)

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      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      I like books. ;)

      So sorry that ya'll have had so much sickness....you're just getting it out of the way for lots of spring and summer time fun in the sun!

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Craziness is the word! We all had the flu a couple of months ago. Now it's some kind of respiratory virus we have. I thought it was most likely strep throat at first, but the cough and congestion is a real inconvenience, to say the least. And then the boys started complaining about chest pain so I thought about bronchitis. However, the doctor gave them an all-clear on a second go-round of flu and the strep test also came back negative. He said he didn't hear any chest congestion issues to suggest bronchitis or pneumonia. However, the youngest just got sent home early from school with a fever. The oldest is getting crap from his peers about the coronavirus and the teachers even kept asking him if he needed to go to the nurse. Yes, craziness is the word! I hardly ever get sick. I've been around too many kids lately. LOL

      And, as you know, work goes on. But hey, at least I haven't had to tell anyone else that I'm not their mama and to stop throwing a tantrum over having to pay your own light bill. Did I tell you he threw a tantrum on social media too by posting a video that made us all laugh? Had another tenant bring that to my attention after one of her friends brought it to hers.

      Oh, and here's a quick word of advice if you're looking to maintain peace: don't watch "All the Bright Places" if you aren't prepared to cry at the end. I mean, if you're already emotional or just the sentimental type, it'll get ya. I made that mistake last night. Those kinds of stories get me every time.

      But craziness aside, I feel more at peace with myself than I probably ever have at any other point in my life. Not that everything in life is easy, but just that I feel more centered within without having to go to any "special place", not that the special places are bad or anything. We all need time to get away sometimes. But you know what I mean, I hope.

      Oh. I just wrote you a book. I'll shut up now. LOL

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for taking a moment from the craziness Shan. I'm so glad that this gave you a moment of relaxation! :)

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      Shan 

      6 months ago

      Sorry, in a bit of a hurry and don't want to take time to sign in. But I wanted to leave a note.....beautiful poem.

      I also have to say that I LOVE the pictures. How relaxing! Nothing like nature to put you at peace.

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      A B Williams 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Lorna for taking the time to read and for your kind words.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 months ago

      A beautiful and heartfelt poem with so much truth within the lines. The accompanying photos are lovely. Great writing.

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