We ran out of butter and bottled water
not to mention I wanted something sweet
so it became clear
it was time to venture out
Minutes later
we were at the corner market
literally on the corner
in a town I later learned is called Akumal

It was late afternoon
and I had been working
since early that morning
I felt annoyed
that I had to leave what I was doing
but decided after getting groceries
to at least look around
as I hadn’t explored much of Mexico yet
and this was so close
to where I was staying

All the buildings were different colors
and people were sitting on trucks
and on corner stoops
hardly moving it seemed
just being

Children were playing
in the streets
and dogs were meandering
leash free
It felt like I was on the set of a movie
waiting for someone
to suddenly shout “action”

Normally I would’ve felt the need
to rush home
after my cursory glance
and the errand was complete
I am a big fan of efficiency
and like things nice and neat
But in Mexico, I noticed a new impulse
to follow something else
an impulse to not make decisions
strictly based on rapid execution
but rather a whim
yes, that’s right
a whim

And I felt a whim
to wander

I am often scared
when wandering
there is a nervousness in me
that makes me a bit jumpy
but my company
was so delightfully at ease
it softened the edges in me
and I just began to enjoy
what was in front of me
terror free

Such sweetness…

The sun was setting
and an iridescent light
was falling over everything

The air was warm
and slightly sticky
the wind cool
and I felt joy take over me
as I let myself relax
and unexpectedly saw
the beauty in it all

It was like the world lit up
and everything became alive
and I could feel the breath
through everything
from the flowers persistently blooming
to the cracks in the buildings
and heaps of rusty machinery

I am grateful for those
who model how to celebrate
the little things
I tend to miss much
of the world around me
often busy in my head
and oriented more towards critique

I have learned to be critical
Art school taught me
how to do that professionally
and that has absolutely
built me
and cost me

I am just now beginning
to differentiate between
discernment and
persistent displeasure

I felt gratitude that day
in the most sincere way

And for the first time
in my life
I understood
the significance of the cliche
“Make sure to make time to stop
and smell the roses”

There is truth in everything
and I got a healthy dose
of truth that day

It had me take pause
and think
what if I insist
on making

What if we
to truly
see the light
in everything

That feels
like a challenge
worth accepting

Let’s make art
of everything

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.