Earth. What a magnificent place. In a week where the ugliness of humankind continues to rear its head…I look to nature for solace and guidance. I am not so naive that I think nature can cure systemic racism or social unrest, but I have often used nature to help with my mental health. The world around us continues to blossom, adapt, and amaze with its beauty, even as humans increase the toxins that we pour into it. During these troubled times, my thoughts turn to the resilience of both humans and nature. The unexpected blossom of a flower planted by a squirrel. The unexpected tomato plant that arrives in a pot of flowers. The unexpected kindness shown by a stranger standing in line to check out groceries. The driveways and windows displayed full of hope and unity as if they had been decorated for a holiday. All of these things are beautiful. Sometimes we just need to open our eyes and be willing to look.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. Jimmy Carter
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Kristy – a key phrase you used, “…the ugliness of humankind continues to rear its head…” is so true. I saw the gloves come off when one of the worst events of the 21st century occurred on 11/9/16. People were given permission to bring their hate to the forefront. And as you said, we find comfort where we can, and nature is also one of my “go-to” places. In fact, as I write to you, I am sitting outside watching and listening to the birds, especially the wrens who have found a home in my backyard. 😉