Time to Smell the Roses

wild roses

Wild roses appear every June at our cottage, and they have always been a great reminder at the beginning of the season to slow down and reflect on what’s really important in life.

The great escape
Heading to the cottage and leaving all the headaches behind, just for a few days, can help us regain important life balance.

In the city, it is easy to get all caught up in daily chores and become overwhelmed by the seemingly endless barrage of requests that tax our time. In the big picture, many of these apparent stresses are actually insignificant, but they don’t seem that way when we are dealing with them, and the build-up can take a toll on our health and relationships.

We use the cabin to make essential time for family and friends who might not always get the attention they deserve during the weekly tour in the hamster wheel. We also use our moments at the lake to set aside some time for ourselves. Reading, painting, canoeing, or simply listening to the loons can help us to refocus our minds and recharge our batteries.

At the end of the weekend, we can return to work or school with a refreshed sense of our priorities, and hopefully keep everything in perspective when the rat race really ramps up.

The cottage means different things to different people, but for me, it is all about taking the time to smell the roses.

By Andrew Walker

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