There are many things nature can teach us about life. We just have to take the time out of our busy lives to see them.
This is very hard nowadays because of social media, smartphones, work, family, and I would like to help you by sharing three things I realized recently while taking a moment outside.
Seasons of life are inevitable
I understand that this might be hard for you to agree with if you are someone like me that has been through a lot recently. Through my struggles of depression/anxiety and the loss of loved ones, the seasons are hard to accept sometimes.
Nature, on the other hand, shows us why it’s needed and that it can actually be a positive thing.
We all love the summertime because it’s when we are most active. Imagine if it was always summer where you live. Your community would slowly turn into a desert and it would become very difficult to survive. Same thing would happen if it was always winter except that everything would be frozen.
That’s why there are four seasons, to help nature transition from one state to another.
Our lives do the same kind of transitions. We would not grow if we stayed at a high (summertime) our whole lives. Lessons would be lost because there is no reason to find and learn them. We also would not see beauty if we stayed at a low (winter time).
Remember, the prettiest flowers grow because of the ones that grew before it. Embrace the spring and fall times of your life, that’s where the true growth is seen.
Change is necessary
This is another one that is hard to swallow at times. There are days that I just wish certain things could stay consistent. Nature shows us beauty and growth can only happen with change. Without rain, there would be no flowers to admire in the sunshine. Without winter, there’s no more beautiful colors to appreciate during the fall months.
The saying “Things happen for a reason” is very true. I can’t answer any questions of “Why?” because I haven’t answered it myself. I just know from personal experiences that the saying is correct. All we can do is accept it, learn from it and then move on. Yes I know that this is almost impossible because I haven’t fully moved on yet from certain experiences. Reason for this is because I am still trying to learn everything I can from it.
I understand that terrible things may have occurred in your life that you might not be able to move on from. You may feel there is no reason it should have happened to you or that there is nothing to learn from it. I would like to offer a different perspective for you in this question:
What if someone in the world is in the same situation as you and feels lost, hopeless, alone, and without any kind of support?
Our world needs you
Everything plant and animal is necessary for nature to survive. If you take one thing away, you negatively impact the survival of the others immensely. Without trees, there would be no homes for others animals or even for us. Imagine what our houses would be like without trees.
You are desperately needed.
Your life has a bigger impact on others than you might know. Whether you know it or not, there are people (like me) that always looks forward to seeing and talking to you. We enjoy hearing your voice, laughter, and jokes. We are also here to help you any way that we can. If you need to talk, cry on a shoulder, need support—there is someone that you can reach out to.
Walk outside and close your eyes if you still feel like you are alone. Listen and feel everything around you. There isn’t one thing you could remove from your surrounding that wouldn’t have a negative impact. This is exactly how your life is to others. We cherish every moment we can get with you.
This post was written after I sat outside for just 10 minutes with my eyes closed.
Imagine what else we can learn if we spent more time outside disconnected from technology. There is so much more things that can be taught from nature. We just need to take the time to listen and learn.
I encourage you to step away now and find you peace.
Till my next post…. Share. Inspire. Conquer.
This piece originally posted on Bestowing Fire by Thomas Ives.
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