Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."  -Dale Carnegie

It is exceptionally easy, as a new mother, to constantly look forward to the next phase of your baby's life.  "I just can't wait till she sleeps through the night... sits up... eats solids... talks... crawls..." etc.  And we're right to be excited, there are so many good things on the horizon that sometimes every night feels like Christmas Eve.

But this rose of my daughter is blooming now, today.  And so I will gather my rosebuds while I may, since old time is still a' flying.  I will enjoy the phase she's in, rather than spend my time daydreaming of what may come next.  As Anne Lamott says, I will practice being where my butt is (to put it more practically).  

Tempus fugit, my friends, time flies.  Seize the day!     

Stopping to smell ... or eat... the roses


  1. Clara, this is such good advice. I remember you telling me this about dating/marriage as well, so I've been trying to practice "being where my butt is" and I haven't regretted it one bit so far!

  2. You have such a good point here! I am also guilty...

  3. time flies like an arrow. fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx