I always find autumn to be a time of reflection. I am tempted to go outside whenever possible knowing that soon the extreme cold will limit my exploration. My eyes seem to gain acuity realizing they will be starved for months to come.
Over the past month on my hikes, quirky things have jumped out at me, which seem to be nature talking to me – little life lessons from nature. I think they are worth sharing because these images spotlight and mimic some common struggles we humans experience. You might get a different message from these pictures, but just contemplating them leads to a sense of peace and calmness. And sometimes calmness is a nice place to be. Calmness gives us energy for other areas in our lives.
Life Lessons From Nature: Know When To Let Go
Sometimes we hold on to opinions so deeply we lose sight of what the opinion was founded on. The attachment to that opinion becomes the cause of the fight. And like nature, where moisture, soil, sun and nutrients can change, conditions in our own lives change and warrants us always to try to observe with new eyes for more better understanding.
Life Lessons From Nature: Make The Best Of Your Gifts
We are all dealt our cards in life, our genetics that determine our personality, our health and our looks. It’s so easy to compare and judge someone else’s cards in life and forget to make the best of what gifts we have.
Accept your hand of cards, play them to the best of your ability and bear fruit!
Life Lessons From Nature: Get Out Of The Rut
It’s so easy to fall into a routine and become stuck in our thinking. I remember how hectic it was trying to balance raising three children along with work, managing the household chores and finding personal time. My form of adaptation was to always get up early and keep to the routine. I found over time that keeping to the routine was my own personal kind of rut. Over time I learned to be more creative with my use of time and break out of some of the conventional thinking I was raised with. I broke up household chores into small increments done daily between waiting for something to boil, preheat or bake. I was more mindful about the notion of cleanliness and with what frequency. I learned to look ahead and anticipate needs of my kids, work and home in order to avoid feelings of last-minute stress and keep a steady pace. Getting out of the rut affords the opportunity to be creative with how one thinks and acts on life. It’s energizing and empowering.
Life Lessons From Nature: Believe In Yourself
Standing alone can be scary and cause uncertainty but those feelings come and go with conviction. If you are following your heart and you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
Life Lessons From Nature: Adapt To Life’s Challenges
If your current environment is keeping you from thriving, then decide to either change it or change your perspective on it.
Blaming the environment instead of making changes will stunt your growth and keep you from finding lasting happiness.
Life Lessons From Nature: Everyday Is An Opportunity
We all make mistakes and have regrets, but tomorrow is a new day. Wake up each day with renewed fervor. Make amends whenever possible, but otherwise, let go of the past because it is stealing your present. And today is the beginning of the rest of your life. All things are possible for you.