While walking I am stopped by beauty in the most simple things. I had to take a picture of this white fence with the green leaves falling out and over it. I stood at least one full minute admiring how pretty it was.
I see and hear things in nature that most don’t. My husband likes to tease me that it’s the Indian in me. Well, I don’t know about that since the only Indian I know of in my blood line is Cherokee from my great-great grandmother.
My children are like me. They study all of nature with the biggest curiousity. We will take turns surprising each other by finding a pretty flower or animal.
I miss seeing squirrels every day. I have seen only one squirrel since moving to France. It was Sweet Bear the brought it to my attention. I was lost in my mind thinking of grown up problems when she pointed to a tree and told me there was a petit chien (little dog) in it. We stood together for at least five minutes watching this strange red squirrel with pointy ears climb up and around a tree.
I have been known to get lost while watching trees sway in the wind or a bird flying gracefully in the sky during a red light. I suddenly would find myself sitting back in my car after a loud toot from the car behind me had brought me back to the daily routine of life.
I believe that we tend to forget that we are a part of nature and that we, ourselves, are animals. We build huge glass and metal buildings. We eat meat that is pre-packaged so that in our heads we are eating pork and not a pig. We are afraid of germs and wrap ourselves up in our cozy human made world.
What about the real world full of animals and nature? Don’t we need to be a part of it in order to live healthy lives and to understand ourselves? I think so.
Man knows himself only to the extent that he knows the world; he becomes aware of himself only within the world, and aware of the world only within himself. Every object, well contemplated, opens up a new organ within us. –Goethe
Do you look to nature to know yourself? Do you stop to smell the roses? Are you able to see the flower in front of you. Do you find strength from a simple flower? Do you really see the world around you?
The question is not what you look at—but how you look and whether you see. – Thoreau
Do you see the beauty in little things? Is it important that you do?
Science seems to think so. We need to be a part of nature in order to be physically, mentally and spiritually happy and healthy. In order for the world to continue to support life, humans must stop separating themselves from the animal world.
Think about it!
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