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It is about this time of year that I really hope for spring to come early so I can plant my garden. But this experience will have to do for now. Last week I had a sweet dear friend surprise me with a gift. She brought me a single potted hyacinth in a little golden pot she painted. She proceeded to explain that she potted it last fall and she told me how fragrant it will be as it bloomed. I smiled realizing it was a purple flower (which is one of my favorite colors) and I love the smell of flowers. I immediately placed it on the window seal above the sink in the kitchen, so I would be sure and see it bloom.

Over the next several days, I watched each bud pop open releasing it sweet aroma. Each little bud is so delicate and beautiful. It is amazing to me that such a simple act of kindness has brought me such continued joy. What a nice and thoughtful person she was to have cared for and nurtured this plant to brighten my day many months later.

I often think about how rushed and fast we speed through life and forget to “stop and smell the roses.” I challenge each of you to take time to slow down and enjoy life, and plant seeds of kindness to share with others to brighten their day. For me I often scheduled in time to relax, mediate, reflect on life and find ways to help others. It really brings me so much joy to take even just a few moments everyday…and to think what even a few more moments could do for my health.

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson