stop and smell the roses

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stop and smell the roses

To take time to enjoy the finer or more enjoyable aspects of life, especially when one has become overworked or overly stressed. You can't keep working these 80 hour workweeks, John! You have to stop and smell the roses, or else what is all that work even for?
See also: and, rose, smell, stop
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So wake up and smell the roses before it's too late.
In light of these revelations, then, does it not become ever more incumbent upon college and university presidents driving change in their institutions to keep their schools evolving and competitive--even if that means a "Wake Up and Smell the Roses" stance with reticent faculty who would prefer to keep the institution modeled to their own image of the academy?
Megson said: 'He just needs to wake up and smell the roses a little about what the game is about.