Stop and Smell the Roses

training_sense_of_smellI have had a resident teacher in my classroom the entire year. She is a perfectionist which has its positives and negatives. She just finished something called lead teach where she was in charge for almost two weeks. Within those two weeks, she had a hiring observation where an administrator observed her teaching and had to determine if she was hirable. Getting prepared for the lesson of course was stressful and overwhelming for her. I am a true believer of what you do in the practice you will do in the game. I believed she would be fine.

The big day came where my boss’ boss observed her. I was sitting outside the classroom praying and believing that she would do well. The students were great and so was my resident. She did an excellent job. The observer came out of the room and said she was outstanding. I was so excited, I ran in the room screaming and yelling because I was proud of her. At the end of the day instead of celebrating with me, she reflected on all the bad things that had happened throughout the lead teach. She even had a melt down and started to cry. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening but I had to tell her to stop, look around and soak it all in. I had to tell her to stop and smell the roses.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6: 31-34, ESV)

In life, it is okay to think about what is next. It is okay to think about innovative ways to become better. It is even okay to reflect on becoming better at whatever your craft or passion is. The part that we often forget is to stop and smell the roses. We forget to celebrate ourselves for our accomplishments. I too am guilty of not stopping and smelling the roses.

I have had an interesting and fulfilling year as an educator. This year has been most rewarding, first because 100% of my students are enrolled in high school for the fall. Next, my students are making growth at an extraordinary rate. Also, I have been rewarded and recognized for the work that I do constantly. Guess what? I was the archetype of my resident. Instead of stopping and soaking it all in, I became stressed because I have been an educator for 10 years and I am not an administrator yet. I began looking passed my accomplishments and I began looking at my shortcomings, and I too had to stop and smell the roses.

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1Timothy 6:6-8, ESV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for blessing me in all areas of my life. God, teach me to be content in whatever state that I am in. God, teach me to celebrate life and the things You have allowed me to accomplish. Teach me to stop and praise You for not only what You are going to do but what You are doing right now. God, please continue to teach me to stop and smell the roses. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to stop and smell the roses! I know that we live in a world that is fast paced. I know that it is not always easy to stop and see your accomplishments, yet I EMPOWER you to stop and soak it all in. I know that we are mothers, wives, employees, employers and entrepreneurs but if you do not enjoy it now there is no guarantee, you will enjoy it later. When you are done reading this EmpowerMoment, I want you to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy where you are and what you have accomplished.

Have you stopped to smell the roses today?


Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

2 thoughts on “Stop and Smell the Roses”

  1. It feels soo good to be grounded in Him, I am learning day by day !! thanks for both these passages

  2. Beautiful post! I know I can be like your teacher lead & think about the things that have gone wrong after achieving something great. After I graduated from college, I thought about all the stuff I went through more than my accomplishment. Getting a degree is huge! Thanks for telling us to stop & smell the roses! 😉

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