disposable diaries: watching the stars & smelling the flowers

I heard this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.” I love this quote because I think it shows us how we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and we forget the small and simple joys, what Ralph Waldo Emerson is saying is that if something that is so “normal” happened once every thousand years everyone would be in awe. But instead when we see the normal things like stars every day they aren’t worth stopping and looking. If you’ve ever heard the quote “stop and smell the flowers” it says a similar thing, pause for a second when you see something normal and mundane and you just might be surprised about how much you appreciate it.

But trust me I know it’s hard to stop, you get so caught up in your life so what can you do? Maybe try a walk and leave your phone at home, or sit at the beach, park, or in the mountains and instead of taking photos or listening to music put your phone down and just sit in silence. You might even hear some birds or see an animal you would’ve missed if you were on your phone.

We are taught in our culture to always be moving but sometimes the best things we can do for others and ourselves is pause, pausing allows you to be more in tune with yourself and nature, and allows you to be more present to the people you’re with, it allows you to grow, and increase the joy in your life. Just remember, we are blessed because we don’t have to wait a thousand years to see the stars, and we can’t forget that.