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Taking time to smell the roses

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Greg Peck
Monday, April 22, 2013

As I pointed out in my blog a couple of weeks ago, two of my classmates have died already this year. That emphasizes the idea that life is short and that you never know when your time might come.

A friend sent me a message early Sunday from Mike Fitsko, another blogger he reads. It recounted a story that a friend sent him about a teacher whose husband died suddenly years ago. A week later, she sat on her desk and implored her students to take time to appreciate life every day. She suggested enjoying the rustling leaves in trees or the smell of fresh baked goods wafting from a home.

Also Sunday, the Rev. Randy Timmerman of St. John Vianney Church sort of echoed that message by asking his parishioners how often they pause each day to reflect on their faith. He pointed out that each day has 144 10-minute segments. He asked whether we use just one of those each day to follow Jesus.

Timmerman encouraged us to “Turn off CNN and tune in G-O-D.”

Absorbing the wonders of our world can be part of that equation. We can do this in many ways, of course. Take time on this Earth Day for a stroll on a trail or beach, or hop on that bike and soak in the passing scenery. Why not do one of these daily?

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. My workdays seem to run from sunup to sundown. To-do lists fill my weekends.

Sometimes, it’s easy to take your spouse or children or pets for granted. I need to appreciate, for example, that our cairn terrier, Molly, greets me enthusiastically when I get home from work and wants a little play or lap time. She’s young now, but like our previous cairn, Trapper, she won’t always be. Someday, she, too, will be old and ill.

Take time today and each day to smell the roses, thank your spouse, or pet that pooch.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:19 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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