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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thoughts of Spring

As spring approaches, I’ve been thinking about all the things I must accomplish in the next few weeks.  Where I’d like to go.  Who I’d like to see.  What I’d like to do.  Suddenly, in the midst of a thought, I look out the window, and I am reminded that spring is not yet here. 

Soon enough, mother nature will once again wow the world with her new growth and beauty.  There is no reason to rush what will undoubtedly come. 

Then, I look from the window to the to-do list on my desk.  Surely, I can learn something from this moment.

Questions and Answers

Do you ever look out on a gorgeous natural landscape and wonder how the wilderness manages to maintain its beauty without any management from us?  Do you then walk inside your home or office and wonder what happened to that seamless, unmanaged natural beauty?

Why is it that nature seems to make order out of chaos, while humans have a natural ability to create chaos out of order?  How does she do it?

Simply put, nature operates via two basic principles – openness to change and going with the flow.

Can you and I put these principles into action?  Absolutely. 

Now is the best time to mimic nature.  It only takes a moment to find answers in the beauty around you.

How to Mimic Nature 

    1. Be open to change. The creation of planets, mountains, and abundant life on Earth all happened as a result of constant change. If you don’t change, you don’t grow.  Now, I’m not saying you should go out and revamp your entire lifestyle.  However, I am saying change can be a good thing.  First, weigh your options.  Then, if you know change is coming, choose to meet change, and make change, on your own terms.

    2. Go with the flow. Rivers and streams go where the terrain leads them. Flowers bloom in the most unexpected places.  If you find yourself overthinking a situation and getting nowhere, trust your instincts.  Chances are you will feel when something is right or wrong.  You may not be able to explain your feelings, or put your thoughts into words, but you will know the path you’re walking is right.

    3. Set a goal to mimic nature in all her glory. When all is chaos around you, take a moment to view a natural landscape (either outside your window or a beautiful slideshow online). You, too, have the power to create order out of chaos.  Let mother nature show you how.

         

        Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

         

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