Its time to smell the roses …. literally!


Last week i had minor sinus surgery.  I won’t go into the messy details, but I have had had breathing challenges for years, and over the past few months had seen some doctors who uncovered a deviated septum, and extensive scar tissue… issues that needed to be corrected and eliminated.  The procedure went well, and I returned home the same day and began my recovery.  Jennie (my sweet spouse) was an incredible caregiver, and was very attentive and patient to my situation.  Among the MANY things she handled so well on my behalf last week, there included a lovely small arrangement of flowers ( pictured here) that brought a bit of fresh color into my messy recovery universe in the spare bedroom.  The recovery has gone well, I am feeling much better and back to work, and all-in-all getting back to an easier breathing “normal” pattern of life.  

It’s in this context that I want to comment on “appreciation” and the idea of taking time to “smell the roses.”  As news of my impending surgery spread a bit, I was surrounded by so many notes/messages/texts/emails/calls of support, love and friendship. Numerous friends dropped off/sent soup, ice cream, juices, and meals all wanted to help me recover well… ( the Matzoh ball soup and the while bean chili all rocked!!) My primary family lead by dear Jen totally rocked, and my extended family all were checking in to see how the surgery went and how I was coming along.  I can go on and on, but what I am really commenting on is how touched and appreciative I am to be so well loved and supported!

It’s easy in life to get too busy on the “wrong” things…. too focused on the petty challenges at work, or the never ending negative headlines that cast a “pall” on our lives and communities.  While I am not being “pollyannaish,” I am suggesting that it is high time for all of us to recognize and appreciate our contexts.  I am literally surrounded by family and friends that care deeply for me and I am too often prone to take that for granted.  This past week has reminded me how appreciative I am for that “context of support” from the community of friends and family that surrounds me and I want to encourage all of us to take an extra moment…. smell the roses and appreciate their beauty … and recognize the community of support and love that surrounds us in our worlds today!