May 2, 2011

stop and smell the (lilacs.)

Spring is a beautiful season--but sometimes, it can be a tough one, too.

For whatever reason, life seems to speed up as soon as the trees begin to blossom. The weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and suddenly, the everyday grind feels as if it's doubled. Where does the time go? How do our calendars fill up so quickly? (How--how?--do I not have a free weekend until the end of June?)

It's a busy time of year, that's for sure--the fun sort of busy, usually. But with that fun frenzy comes a pile of to-do's, a mountain of stress, all the daily pressures that build up, little by little, until one day you realize there's a pit of worry in your stomach. There's a knot tangled with all the things that unsettle you. And you see that somewhere, in the midst of it all, you forgot to breathe.

You think: No wonder they tell us to stop and smell the roses. To take a moment for ourselves, to breathe it all in. And so you do. In the early morning--when the air is crisp and the breeze just right and the grass dewy beneath your feet--you step into the backyard, find the pink lilacs, and draw them in: fresh and sweet, light. 

Lilacs may not be roses, you think, but they promise the same thing: 
A reason to stop. A chance to be still.

(Photo: My Flickr)


jessicarsommer said... [Reply to comment]

I love this post! I just was gushing about spring as well... oh it's so important to remember to stop for two seconds, look around, and take in spring in all it's glory busting up around our ankles. People forget... Life is so busy. It's such a breath of fresh air when you do...

xo jessica rae

nicole addison said... [Reply to comment]

completely agree. the weather gets nice and suddenly everyone wants to be out doing things. i love it but its so hard to find a time to just enjoy it!

becky said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely thought. I am so guilty of not stopping---I get caught up in too much worry (never over really important things, either) or I procrastinate too much (which self-inflicts MORE worry) to even just stop and refresh. I will take your advice---always good advice, too, always sound.

Have a lovely day! x

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Sending you hugs and love!! Your posts always give me so much inspiration. XO!

Bryan said... [Reply to comment]

If I get stung by a bee, it's on your conscious.

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

wait, wait ... so the fact that there are more hours of daylight doesn't mean that I should feel guilty if I'm not working during every one of them?

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Bryan I just laughed so hard. Way to be an optimist, BK. Half full, indeed.

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

yes! so important to remember to stop and see all the beauty around us!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

gahhh these are beautiful. We really are surrounded by so much goodness arent we! Thanks for the reminder sista!

Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

I call it May Madness and it's absolutely exhausting {wait until you have school-age children!}. But it's also one of the funnest times of year if you can survive all the other.
Sniff away, my dear!

Chelsea said... [Reply to comment]

1. first time commenting
2. adore your blog
3. LOVE all the pictures :)