This week, Amy and I decided to tackle the topic of smells and what were our favourites. For example, the best smell that Amy and I both agree on is the smell of old books.
So, like any self-respecting lady, I picked up my petticoats and gracefully walked down the West Wing here at The Heatley Cliff and perused our well-appointed library to get my fill. The smell of books permeates through the rooms here and and burying my nose in the spines of old, favourite books after cracking them open, immediately brings a smile, a sense of familiarity…. like an old friend.
And that’s when it hit me. On my list were smells that all had one thing in common…..the ability to make me recall people, places, books, movies and even little nothing moments.
My sense of smell has helped me navigate through this world by allowing me the opportunity to recall vivid and distant memories that help foster happiness, love, familiarity and creativity. But most of all, it reminds me to have an appreciation of the little things in life.
If I can smile because of the smell of a crisp, winter morning then I’ve got my priorities straight. Being able to step outside of one’s own quandries and savour a smell for the sheer pleasure of doing so is what living your life in the moment is all about. It’s a stressful world out there, Amy and I created The Heatley Cliff to escape it! And being able to literally stop and smell the roses has helped me to stay in touch with who I am and to realise that I have a life full of wonderful memories and experiences and that no matter what happens to me I have the ability to create more.
So take a moment to think about your favourite smells and why. It will not only bring a smile to your face but hopefully trigger memories and moments that bring you back a sense of who you are and the life you have lived.
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