Isn’t it amazing how our focus changes as we get older? I used to be more concerned about my career, meeting the right guy, etc. Some of these things have come true and some haven’t. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had more time the last few years to do things like hiking, walking and climbing a mountain, but I appreciate nature in all its forms more now than ever. Maybe it’s even because it affects everyone that there are more cell sites (for phones) and satellites (for GPS) now that everyone has these. I don’t think most people even realize how much this has affected their own life, let alone all of nature. So I focus more on the real nature of people, animals and plants now, because it will probably never be back the way it was before all this technology.
I know that when I see a tree blooming, flowers blooming, even a person who does something really good, I feel it deeper, since the technology has made things more superficial for the generations growing up, in the last fifteen years. (Fifteen years ago very few people had a cell phone). I was out of work for a few years and spent a lot of time with my sister’s dog. When I was younger, I wouldn’t have given him much attention. But now that I’m older, we became friends. You can actually feel the nature of an animal. Animals are smart. Sometimes when I’m feeling down, I’ll be walking along and talk to a cat, it just knows it makes me feel better. I was walking the other day and my eye hurt. A neighbor came by with his dogs and they went right up to my eye and started licking it; they had never even come that close to me before. It’s so cool if you take the time to notice their nature. They talk about this in the Celestine Prophecy, about how you are closer to God when you give focus to nature. I’ve learned human nature even better since I’ve been through some deep up and down cycles. I’m even more sensitive now to those I love.
Another one of my favorite books that taught me to appreciate nature is “Wherever You Go There You Are” . This is another book that taught me to make the most of my situation at the time. When I read that book I had moved from New York City to San Diego. The man I moved out here with thought there was nothing happening in this smaller city. I thought that the natural beauty was perfect for me. I began to walk on the beautiful harbor in the morning before work, walk along the beach on weekends and I didn’t miss the big city life at all. I was grateful for the natural beauty where I was.