My wife and I thoroughly enjoy being outdoors – watching and listening to the orchestration of nature’s song from rustling tree branches or birds communicating with one another.
But in the suburbs where we live, it’s not always achievable to connect with nature.
With dwellings that are uncomfortably close at times, privacy is not often an option and enjoying a little peace and quiet on a bright sunny day is almost an impossibility.
It seems people today have some kind of aversion to existing in silence – to push away all the distractions of life, even briefly, to refocus and reengage themselves with what’s going on around them.
I suppose cluttering our minds with noise is nothing more than a defense mechanism designed to keep our thoughts away from what’s truly bothering us inside. But maybe that’s the problem with people today – they simply can’t be alone long enough to ask themselves the difficult questions that desperately need answers.
In a 1924 speech, Calvin Coolidge exclaimed, “There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.”
Nature is one of the most amazing technologies this world will ever witness, and yet so often it is overlooked, abused and underappreciated. Maybe it’s time we all turn off all the distractions in our lives and “remember that nature is your great restorer.” It’s there if you’re willing to take it.