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There are many versions of this proverb; ‘Stop and smell the flowers’ or if you grew up knowing the Folgers commercials you would ‘Wake up and smell the coffee.’
I tried to research the origin of this proverb and the best answer I could find is most likely a misquote of advice from the golfer Walter Hagen that appeared in his 1956 book “The Walter Hagen Story”: “You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”
I am sad to say, I did not know who Walter Hagen was, but he evidently made a lasting impression by pointing out the obvious in a “flowery” way.
“Stop and smell the roses” is one of those sentiments that we all think about, but most of us rarely do. It’s hard to do. We live in a society where we seem to be measured by just how much we can achieve. Who has time to stop... let alone smell some flowers?
The reason this all came about as a topic for me this week, is I realized I kind of did stop and smell the roses and that choice is what led me to start ENINE.
What? A job that takes up 20/7 hours (I am taking into account my four hours of sleep each night) of my life these days? Pretty much. Twenty years ago (not to fret - I will make the math work in the end) my then husband and I found out we were pregnant. Only our baby journey would end up taking almost six years. When I realized our desire to have a child was going to be its own challenge, I willing walked away from my then path to focus on having a baby. I have spent the last 14 years smelling the roses with her, my beautiful daughter. Yes, I have worked along the way, but she was always my first focus.
In two months our daughter will turn 14. She has a busy life as a student, an athlete, and just as a teen. In other words, she doesn’t need (OK, want) me around quite as much. So, it was time to go back to the bucket list, and ENINE was at the top.
Over those fourteen years (quite honestly for most of my life) I have always been an athlete. After college, I had to come to terms with the fact that my organized sports career was coming to an end. No one wants to play Lacrosse or Field Hockey into your 30’s and 40’s let alone 50’s. You begin to hurt and get hurt more frequently. So, off to the gym, pilates, and yoga. Pair my love of sports with my fashion obsession and look where I ended up... working 20/7 on ENINE and loving it!!!
So, here’s the funny part, and I think I could have only made this observation in retrospect, smelling the roses over the past 14 years has led me right where I want to be.
Who knew then?
So, BREATHE in and please... “stop and smell the roses.”
Thank you Walter Hagen.