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Taking Time To Smell The Flowers

by Vidya Sury March 7, 2012 14 comments
Back in 2009, I wrote a three part post about taking time to smell the flowers in today’s hectic lifestyle and finding the time to do things that matter to us. I highlighted the importance of slowing down, prioritizing and getting our acts together.
And today, I am excited to share that it has a mention in the:

20 of the Greatest Self Development Posts Ever Written” 
compiled by Tim Brownson of “A Daring Adventure”.  

This list has some BIG names. Tim Brownson is a Certified Life Coach and has been unsticking people and helping them reach their true potential since 2005. If you would like to know how he can help you, contact him now. Thank you, Tim. Ah, and thank you again, Tim for taking the trouble to point out the missing “contact me” here on my blog. Yeah, I am that dumb. I stand gratefully corrected. 

My deepest thanks to Tess Marshall of The Bold Life for nominating my post. Tess offers a very powerful course “Take Your Fear And Shove It” – a step-by-step guide to being bold, playing big and shining bright. This course provides you with the tools and techniques you need to push fear aside and live a life of more beauty, humor, playfulness, and meaning. I was lucky enough to win this course.
Unless we practice being present in what we do, how can  life be meaningful?  Some questions that came to my mind while writing that post were:
  • Why let life overwhelm us?  
  • Is it not important to be consciously present through all the situations that beg for multi-tasking in our lives?  
  • Why miss out on important stuff and suffer regret later?   
  • Why let the hectic flow of life sweep us along? 
The importance of applying the brakes on life for a moment and taking stock.  
The side effects of multitasking and some tips on how to break the habit.  
Why we must tune right into what we are doing, to get it done well.
Practicing being mentally present and focusing on the moment.  
Self-discipline to redeem some peace and efficiency as we get our professional and personal lives in balance.
Here’s a quick part-wise summary of this post:
Part 1 is about conscious time management so we do justice to what matters to us most in life, why being mentally present through situations is critical and pausing for a moment to take stock of our lives, why we should tune right into what we are doing, to get it done well.
Part 2  is about being ‘consciously present’ through all those situations that beg for multitasking in our lives, why it is important to be present in whatever we are doing followed by simple tips on how to do this.
Part 3  is about why multi-tasking does not mean super-efficiency, the side effects of multitasking and some tips on how to break that multitasking habit and break the vicious cycle of several things clamoring for your attention.
People will always rule over technology. Ultimately, it is all about building relationships – because it is love -in varying degrees – that makes the world go around!

I am using love as my currency in life. How about you?
Let’s take time to smell the flowers!
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Do check out all the posts in the 20 of the Greatest Self Development Posts Ever Written” – it is a great list!

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sheila March 8, 2012 at 1:59 am

Love Love Love!

Vidya Sury March 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thank you times three! Hugs, Sheila!

Terri Sonoda March 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Congratulations Vidya! Wow, that is very cool. You are an amazing writer and I very much enjoy your posts and advice.

Vidya Sury March 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thanks, Terri! Hugs! 🙂

Galen Pearl March 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Vidya, This is terrific. All of it. You have so much to be proud of and grateful for. As for smelling the flowers, the first daffodil just bloomed in my yard. I’m going to go smell it right now! And then I’m going to check out the other blogs on the list.

Vidya Sury March 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Daffodils are so cheerful, Galen! Thank you so much for visiting, and your kind words! Indeed I am grateful!

My Inner Chick March 9, 2012 at 1:47 am

Love flowing in your direction… Xxxx

Vidya Sury March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I am thrilled to complete the circle, dearest Kim! Love and hugs to you!

Betsy at Zen-Mama March 9, 2012 at 4:24 am

Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your series. I’m always trying to slow down and smell the flowers. And being that it’s spring this is a perfect series for me. Thanks!!

Vidya Sury March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

🙂 Thank you, Betsy! Let me know what you think! Love to you!

Paige | simple mindfulness March 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Once again, dear Vidya, you’re reading my mind. It seems that each day I start to get stressed and worried about getting everything done. Then my wise self (maybe you?) chimes in to remind me that everything will be the same whether I stress or not. I’m just wasting my own energy in the process. I look into my children’s gorgeous faces and smile inside and out. I take a deep breath and admit that I’m doing my best. This allows me to slow down and see one thing at a time instead of feeling everything at once. Your words are pure gold. Thank you so much!

Vidya Sury March 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

You know, Paige, it was the same for me. I’d look at my (then) little son’s face and forget all my worries. It is still the same 🙂 Stress will always be around – and it is completely up to us to slow down and savor life. I just re-prioritized and it was easy after that.

Thank you so much for your kind words. I consider you a fantastic writer and value your views.

Kaylen March 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

It is about LOVE!!!! So well said.
I think that I am frequently caught up in moments of frantic work stuff, or frantic getting ready, or frantic rushing about, etc…and I often just get swept up and then I’m shocked that time has flown by! I feel like I’m just wasting days, weeks, months…and not appreciating life overall.
Thanks for giving me something to think about. 🙂

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