Things I’ve Learned 4: Wake Up and Smell the Roses

       Okay, before you get all worked up, I know I mixed two different sayings.  Intentionally. 

       The phrase “wake up and smell the coffee” means “pay attention to what’s going on around you.”  And the phrase “stop and smell the roses” is generally accepted to mean “relax and take time out to enjoy and appreciate life and everything that you have.”  To me, the two actions go together; it’s very difficult to do one without doing the other.  But do it often. 

      A colleague at work recently suffered a severe stroke on a business trip.  One week later, he died, leaving behind a wife and three young daughters.  We never know what is going to happen, nor when it will happen.  So take the time regularly and often to realize and appreciate what you have…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don,  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale



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