I was discussing with my wife Ashlee yesterday evening what life has felt like for me the last year or so. It’s been challenging to say the least. It’s not that it has been really bad, just a bit hectic. I tried to sum it up by saying that I feel like I have been trying to pick roses while running in order to smell them later. I guess in some way that is the way that many people feel about all the work that they do each day; looking for a future opportunity to stop and enjoy something that they experienced along the way. I’ve tried to keep that all in perspective and to slow my mind down while with my children especially. I don’t think that I have given my wife as many of my moments in “stop” mode as I would have liked this past year, but I am going to try even harder to make that happen in the one to come. So as an encouragement to you and myself, don’t grab all of the roses you pass in order to smell the dying scent days or months later. Leave some right where they are and give them the respect of stopping.