While we’re on the subject…

There’s a short piece in today’s Pioneer Press [link removed] that deals with the overarching theme (though some might say oft-neglected) of this blog. Here’s the text in it’s entirety:

Q. I seem to have lost some of my awe and wonder for the world and ever since, I’ve become too serious. Any suggestions?

A. Something that helps me stay connected to the wonder of life and to my own inner joy is to spend time in, and marvel at, nature. While I write this, I’m sitting on a cliff on the northern California coast. It’s absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite places on Earth. Today, I have seen, in front of me, whales and seals, and behind me, deer and jackrabbits. As I look out at the Pacific Ocean, I can’t help but be in awe of such an amazing part of nature. To me, life doesn’t get much better than this.

You don’t have to be near the ocean to experience the wonder and uplifting feeling of nature. You can be anywhere there are trees, wind, rain, snow, sunshine, rocks or flowers.

If you have a park close to where you live or work, make a visit. Then, sit on a bench and look around you at the trees, grass and bushes. Maybe there are dogs playing with children, or wind blowing through your hair. Maybe you can close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun on your face, hands or arms. Take some deep breaths and notice how you feel. It’s my guess you’ll be feeling more peaceful than when you got there.

Once, I heard comedian Steve Martin say it’s tough to get depressed when you’re playing the banjo. I think he’s probably right, given the sound. But it’s so often the same thing when you’re outside, breathing fresh air, looking at nature and taking it all in. When you take a little time as often as you’re able to experience nature, it ignites some spark inside of you, a spark that provides gratitude, inner peace and that sense of wonder you asked about.

To submit comments or questions, write to Richard Carlson at EasierThanYouThink@dontsweat.com.

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