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Make Time To Stop And Smell The Cherry Blossoms

IMG_8177Many of us are running around like chickens with our heads cut off. So much so, that we miss out on the best that life has to offer. I’ve traveled around the world (more than once), yet I had never seen the world famous Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC. As luck would have it, my mentor scheduled our annual meeting this year in DC during cherry blossom time. I immediately cleared my calendar and made it a point to arrive early so I could enjoy the day.

I guess the horrific winter paid off, as the blooms were delayed this year, and I arrived in DC on what many consider to be the peak of the blossoms. The weather was spectacular as were the blossoms. Breathtaking. So much so, that I will bring my family back next year so they can experience this for themselves.

If I had just waited one more day, I would have been too late. You see, the day after I took a stroll by the tidal basin to view the cherry blossoms, it rained. That combined with strong winds quickly brought the season to a quick end. In retrospect, I’m glad I made the decision to take time to smell the cherry blossoms when I did, as the next day work was still there but the blooms were gone.

What are you going to do this year so that you can stop and smell the cherry blossoms? Will you become better at delegating so that you can take a vacation with your friends or family? Will you learn to stop saying yes to every request that you receive? Will you pencil in vacations at the beginning of the year so that you are sure to have time to do the things that you truly want to do?

You only get one life. Make sure you enjoy it fully.

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