Stop, Drop and Roll!

Stop.

When you know you are going the wrong way and your very life is at stakes, it’s time to stop. Like you totally would if your coat caught on fire–you wouldn’t pretend every thing is fine; you’d try getting the coat off of you, or at least get the flames to stop.  Your life would depend on it. STOP. DROP. AND ROLL.

That’ll get the fire out hopefully.

And sometimes in life, we’ve got to do the same stopping. Especially when beauty goes on auto-pilot. It’s right there, in the light turning, in the leave slowly dancing to the ground, in the droplets of rain on the window, in the pumpkin pie baking in the oven and the giggles of the kids on the street. In the creaminess of cheesecake caressing your tongue. In the fuzzy blanket that lays on your lap. But you don’t see it any more.

Stop.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

Do you see how the light catches the little icicle that hangs on the lowest branch of that tree right there? Now, if you turn your head a bit, yeah, just like that…. see it? That rainbow, God made it for your smile.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

Do you hear how your shoes crunch in the snow? That wind in those trees up there? God put it there to make you marvel. And praise.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

Oh, do you smell that wet dirt all around you? It’s the scent of life. Breathe deep, and enjoy.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

And the luscious taste of summer on your skin? Warm, lazy, delicious.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

Beauty all around. Right now. Right here.

Stop and look.

Because your life depends on it.

And the warmth of that puppy nestled in your arms, so lush, and cozy, alive, and needy.

Stop, look and laugh.

Because your life does depend on it.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann

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14 comments

  1. HI Barbara, loved this post and glad you linked it up at Winsome Wednesday. A great reminder to appreciate the beauty around us and to practice thanksgiving.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Very nice reminder to notice, respect, and take the time to enjoy life’s ordinary pleasure and be thankful for them! Thanks for sharing this at Friendship Friday!

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  3. Whoa! Did I need to visit you! Stopping, looking and even laughing are so important and I don’t do enough of them. Glad you were here too! Love the puppy’s fat little face!! Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  4. Living life out loud … exactly.

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

    Also, I would love for you to share this post with other mommas. We have a little link up started. Momma’s sharing our notes, creating a melody. We could use your fave recipes, fun mom moments, encouraging words, the goofy, anything mom. I would be honored to have you join us.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/05/momma-notes.html

    Splashin,
    Sarah

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  5. Barbara,
    I wonder (I shudder to think) how much of God’s “good and perfect gifts” I miss because I don’t have eyes to see them. Thanks for reminding me to slow down. I’m reveling today in my own puppy’s warm, sweet smell after being away for several days. Oh, if only our two-legged family would exhibit a similar joy when we return! Blessings to you this good day!

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  6. Awwwwwww, what a cute puppy! I remember when the kids were little they would “slow” me down by pointing out things to me that they found beautiful, a rock, a tree, a leaf.

    Now whenever I take my mom out she will often slow me down by looking at things. She enjoys looking at everything and I want to just hurry through everything, lol! I look at it as “business” and getting the shopping done and she looks at it as fun!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” today!

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