There was even a song about this thought, named aptly Stop and Smell the Roses, an oldie by Mac Davis.
Today I literally stopped and smelled the roses - these roses on my way to work.
Certainly some passers by gave me an odd look as they sped by in their cars, headed to their destinations. But if just one of them noted that I stopped and smelled the roses, then maybe they will take 15 seconds to do just the same thing themselves today!
I am a Putnamaniac that stopped and smelled the roses today!