Grant me the ability to be alone,
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
among the trees and grasses
among all growing things
and there may I be alone,
and enter into prayer
to talk with the one
that I belong to.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav
Every time I take a nature walk, I look around and see so many beautiful trees looking back at me. They stand there in all their majesty, beckoning me to come closer, to pay attention to their silent dignity and to honor their resiliency. I see so many that I felt this post should be a sort of homage to the trees that welcome me on my walks around the neighborhood.
“One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.” Henry David Thoreau
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake
I seem to have a rapport with a particular tree. Every time I walk by it, the sun shines on it in an unusual way… But today when I went to capture it, the sun disappeared and all that was left was the tree, me… and the beauty of nature around the beautiful tree…I will go back another day, at sunset and see if the tree will let me capture and share what ethereal beauty it has shown me… Do we all see something in trees? Come back for more below. 🙂
“Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.” George Bernard Shaw
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” Robert H. Schuller
Sometimes, what I see are shrubs, standing bold and tall, keening to be trees. And then there are decorated trees; city trees made to whore their wares during the holidays or perhaps decorated to please us … as if nature’s natural jewels aren’t enough. They are pretty too but I wonder how they feel. What would they say if they could speak? “Look at me, all blinged and tricked out… See how gloriously I shine. These lights are hot, and any day soon, my number will be up. Do you still love me?” Yes, we do. Do we ever feel the call of nature? Do we ever stop to see the beauty around us? If we paused for a moment, and looked around us, we might hear the call and see what secret beckons us in the trees.
What are your thoughts? What do you see in trees? Do you every feel the call of nature? Do you make time to see the beauty around you? What do you see? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WordPress Daily Post: A Picture’s worth…
Positive Motivation Tip: Do we ever feel the call of nature? Do we ever stop to see the beauty around us? Pause. Look closely for you might hear the call and see what secret beckons us in the trees.
- Inspiration Station: Tree Drawings by Tim Knowles (fthats.wordpress.com)
- Tree, Line by Zander Olsen (likeellebelle.wordpress.com)
- Ode to Fallen Trees: The Dream as Lorax (CV) (allthesnoozethatsfittoprint.wordpress.com)
- Ringing In The New Year (smallhousebiggarden.wordpress.com)
- Trees of Ta Phrom (asiahotels.com)
- Do koalas ever leave their tree – if they do why (wiki.answers.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection…