A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~ Lou Holtz
A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. ~ Hal Borland
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? ~ Rose Kennedy
Today I was thinking about how we need nature. I was not thinking about how we need nature in that hippie save the rain forest sense (though I could certainly write on that as well). I was thinking about how we need nature for ourselves. I remember once speaking with a fellow counselor who worked primarily with adults who had experienced great trauma in their lives. One of the things she observed was the fact that many of her clients found their way into nature (forest and beach walks, etc.) as they were healing. It seemed that after a particularly rough session, many would benefit from taking a break from the world and walking in nature, a bit distant from the people around them.
It makes sense and I often feel the same way. In fact, it saddens me that there are fewer and fewer places that I can walk alone as a woman and still be safe, as I would like to be able to take that forest or beach walk by myself and really have those alone moments. Today, often the closest I can come is taking those walks with a friend who is willing to give me the space I need to walk in silence and admire the beauty around me. Another option is sitting in my yard (small yard) at the back of my apartment or on my balcony… granted the balcony looks less at nature and more at the passing cars, but at least it is outdoors and there are flower pots.
My work is one of the few places I can safely walk in nature as it is a gated campus with lots of trees…. I do not take advantage of that opportunity enough, perhaps I will be more diligent this year.
There is something very health, refreshing and freeing about walking in nature. If you are having a rough day I encourage you to try to get outside and see if that helps to brighten your mood… take a walk, swim in the ocean, plant flowers. There is something very grounding about the experience.
Today, 217 days ’til 40, I am going to try to make a conscious effort to be outdoors more – it fills my soul.