Although there’s a part of me that’s impatient, that feels like my body is always two steps behind my mind, there is another part of me that rarely gets any attention. It’s the side our culture may deem lazy or define as being a dreamer. It’s the me that used to get in trouble in graduate school for always being late for class because I was literally smelling the roses. Or the person who’d rather take time hiking to witness every flower, twig and tree in my path.

It’s contrary to what we’re brought up to believe. At least in my household, if you weren’t moving you weren’t living. But as I’ve learned, standing still doesn’t mean your dead. Taking time to explore life instead of just read about it, is important. It’s what makes us human.

I’ve worked with a lot of smart, successful people in my day. And while I admired each one of them, it always pained me to see how their ambition overshadowed and took priority over simply living life. I vowed that no matter what happened in my own life, I would always take time to smell the roses.

Our posts this week will wake you up to how you may be letting your life pass you by. Will you, for example, continue to do too much, bypass the extraordinary in ordinary moments and avoid activities simply out of fear? It may inspire change or at the very least help you to become cognizant of how you’re living your life.

How to Be a Strengths-Based Leader
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – There are leaders and then there are great leaders. Individuals who manage others with a healthy balance of strategy, tactful communication and encouragement are often of the latter category. Learn what qualities you need to lead your team productively and effectively.

(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – One solution for dealing with loneliness and social isolation is volunteering. But despite the benefits, a lot of people shy away from doing so. Do any of the reasons listed here sound like you?

A Violinist, A Crowd and the Secret to Happiness and Resiliency
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – In an effort to be on time, get things done, check all the boxes on our to-do list, we often miss the beauty that occurs around us every day and in seemingly ordinary moments. Let this post remind us all to take a pause and be more mindful of the world going on around us right now.

How Do I Know if She Is Cheating?
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – Why do women cheat? Find out what infidelity really means and the common signs that may indicate your partner is cheating on you.

More Daydreaming, More Creativity
(The Creative Mind) – The pressure to do more is constantly dictating our work. As a creative person, however, daydreaming and doing less can do more for our endeavors than feeling pressured or being overworked. Surprised?