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Embrace Natural – 9 Simple Things to Do

November 1, 2012

So often when we disconnect with nature, we look for substitutes. In the middle of a bustling city that has ‘everything’ is a park, or table top waterfalls or other things that remind us of nature. There are celebrities that recharge by getting out on the water, or camping out away from “the world.”

When we need a break, the quest for simplicity becomes urgent. Taking an hour or so ‘off’ can make many folks more productive for the rest of the day. So how is it that we make simple things so complicated?!

1. Take off your shoes and spend a little time walking barefoot in the grass. Observe butterflies, the last remnants of fall flowers, earthworms and birds in the world around us. Bare feet connect with the earth in a way that shoes can’t.

2. Feed the birds. These small visitors from the wild vary from the tiny hummingbird to the hawks and eagles that soar over open fields. Songbirds have an easy time finding food in the summer, but this time of year they’re making winter preparations. Put out some suet cakes, feeders and treats to draw them in, and resolve to keep those feeders refilled throughout the winter.

3. Enjoy the weather. Sit in a back yard, a park bench or even a bus stop and enjoy the weather around us. Be it a beautiful fall day, or a chilly rainy one that makes you appreciate having a warm home waiting, soak in the weather. Take a walk with a friend, or a brisk walk with a dog.

4. Clear your schedule for a day. This is a hole up at home, restore and revive day. Work on a journal, read a book or revisit an old favorite that you loved in years past.

5. Harvest happiness – those little things from flowers to a hug that bring a smile. Cherish it. If you have food and shelter, take a sandwich to someone who could use something to eat. No explanation needed – just a sandwich or disposable cup of soup – something that brings a smile and warms the spirit.

6. Enjoy some good conversation. Have a positive chat night – get together for board games or cards with friends, and for one night shut off the negative comments. Imagine God Himself is sitting in the room…encourage others, celebrate the good things in life and friends to gather with.

7. Keep it simple sweetheart – the KISS principle still applies! Make small changes. Be kind to yourself. Help others. When you reach a goal, savor the accomplishment before moving on to the next goal.

8. Leave yesterday in the past. Appreciate the present, fully experience here and now. We cannot bring back the past, we can’t restore yesterday, and when we ask God to take our troubles let Him! Don’t pick them up again. šŸ™‚

9. Look for hidden possibilities. Pay attention to LIFE. We all want to feel special, to know that someone else cares and sees us. Look beyond the surface. That old man that slowed you down is remembering a friend who didn’t survive to feel the aches and pains he has daily. The teen holds a dream that hasn’t yet been chipped away by “you can’t do that”. Pay for the items of the person behind you at the store, or if you can’t do that, leave a $5 towards their bill. Start a conversation with someone just because – it’s a conversation not a lifelong commitment!

Revisit nature – and a natural place. Connect with those around us.Build the community wherever you are. It matters!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    A wonderful perspective on life and living! There is so much to see and be thankful for, if we only take the time to notice! Thanks for sharing.

    • November 1, 2012 10:40 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! It seems things get so busy it’s easy to miss those little things. It’s November already! Seems like it was just New Years! šŸ™‚

  2. November 1, 2012 12:45 PM

    #4!!! I just lost a very old, truly remarkable dog, and a friend inspired me to dig up some Kipling. Here’s what he sent me, to get me started:

    The Power of the Dog
    by Rudyard Kipling
    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your hearts to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie –
    Perfect passion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years that nature permits,
    Are closing in asthma, or tumor, or fits,
    And the Vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    to lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find – it’s your own affair
    But – you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent
    At compound interest of cent per cent,
    For when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short time loan is as bad as a long –
    So why in Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    When the whimper of welcome is stilled
    (HOW STILL!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone – wherever it goes – for good,
    You soon discover how much you care,
    And give your heart to a NEW dog to tear.

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