This past Saturday, I was picking oranges at The Grove. I was in a bit of a rush and eager to get home, so when I plucked a juicy one off the tree, an unexpected thing happened. The sweet, tangy smell wafted to my nose and immediately woke my senses. Wow, I thought. Sweet… as in sah-weet! Read on…
That aromatic moment caused me to slow down, take in the life bursting all around me and remind myself not to forget the sweetness right in front of my face.
And so, instead of rushing home, I slowed down and filled a crate of oranges.
Later that day when I arrived home, my daughter Ellie got to work with the juicer. And her camera.
After taking some time to transplant a bunch of plumerias (my favorite flower… another act of slowing down… talk about sweetness!), Ellie came on to the patio with two large jars of fresh-squeezed orange juice.
We sat down. Told funny jokes. Laughed out loud.
And drank deep from our glasses of liquid sweetness.
It all started with a sweet smell I almost missed.
As artists and creatives, we have a tremendous opportunity to bring fragrant sweetness to this world.
Look for sweetness today. Take time to smell the oranges. The aroma of sweetness is all around you.
Cultivate sweetness and the smell around you will be irresistible.
Questions: How does living with a rushed and hurried pace of life cause you to miss the sweet things around you? How can you cultivate sweetness in your life this week?