stop and smell the coffee

stop and smell the coffee

To take time to enjoy the finer or more enjoyable aspects of life, especially when one has become overworked or overly stressed. A combination of two more common phrases, "stop and smell the roses" and "wake up and smell the coffee." You can't keep working these 80 hour weeks, John! You have to stop and smell the coffee once in a while, or else what is all that work even for?
See also: and, coffee, smell, stop
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