“Are you taking time to smell the roses?” Kim, a Wrexham counsellor explores our use of time.

Whenever I go for a walk I try to notice the nature around me, and I am reminded of a poem, Leisure, by W.H. Davies: “What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare….”.  He suggests we live a poor life if we don’t take the time to notice the play of light on the water, or animals in the woods.  And I know that I feel better in myself for slowing down, stopping and watching, listening and even smelling the beauty around me.  As Gandhi says, “there is more to life than simply increasing its speed”.  Time (too much of it, too little of it) is something most of us have/do struggle with.  I am aware that many of us also talk about past events, or we constantly think of them, and many of us can be talking and thinking about a perceived or imagined future.  When our thoughts are in the past or the future, we are not in the now, and now is the only time we ever really have.  Enjoy your now and fill it with beauty!

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