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20 Amazing Life Lessons Nature Has Taught Us

20 Amazing Life Lessons Nature Has Taught Us

Nature has an amazing peace which we, as humans, try to emulate daily. To help us be as peaceful as nature is, here are 20 amazing life lessons nature has taught us:

1.   Even During A Storm, Nature is Somehow Always at Peace

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    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away form you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

    2.  Nature is Content with Itself

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      “I’ve made an odd discovery.  Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.” – Bertrand Russell

      3.  Nature Understands That All Things Have A Purpose Under God

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        “Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world.” Catlin Matthews

        4.  Natures Shows Us That God is Always With Us

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          “Nature is the art of God.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

          5.  Nature Provides Us With Unconditional Love

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            “Love comforeth like sunshine after the rain.” – Shakespeare

            6.  Nature Has an Endless Amount of Patience

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              “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

              7.  Nature Reminds Us That All Good Things Do Not Require Money

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                “The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” – Plautis

                8.  Nature Brings “Solace in All Troubles”

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                  “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one fell that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” – Anne Frank

                  9. Nature Reminds Us That Bigger is Not Always Better

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                    “Some of nature’s most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake.” – Rachel Carson

                    10.  Nature Reminds Us That Beauty Exists Within Ourselves

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                      “Thought we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

                      11.  Nature Reminds Us That “Just to Be” is Sometimes Better Than Doing

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                        “Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea, make me happy just to be.” – June Polis

                        12.  As in Nature, so in Life, Do the Bad Times — and Weather  — Roll In and Roll Out in Due Course

                        “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” – Carl Sandburg

                        13.  Nature is Powerful and Wise in Its Silence

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                          “God is the friend of the silence. Trees, flowers, grass grow in silence. See the stars, moon and sun, how they move in silence.” – Mother Teresa

                          14.  Nature “Thrives On A Little Kindness”

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                            “Flowers are like human beings…they thrive on a little kindness.” – Fred Streeter

                            15.  Nature Also Thrives on Freedom

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                              “The ocean…cold and wild the surf, rushing in to overwhelm the beach, the wind, stinging my cheeks, enveloping me in total freedom.” – Scott Holman

                              16.  Nature Thrills with Simplicity

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                                “How easy and simple it is to live enjoyable when the simple, interminable blue of the sky, with its long wisps of white clouds, become a pleasant thing to behold, a thing of beauty that thrills you every time you care to look skyward.” – John Schindler

                                17.  Nature is an Endless Source of Inspiration

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                                  “The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet

                                  18.  Nature Has an Ability to Not Only Heal Itself After A Storm, But All Living Things Around and In It

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                                    “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” – Rachel Carson

                                    19.  Nature Finds the “Good in Everything”

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                                      “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” -William Shakespeare

                                      20.  Nature is Content with the Cycle of Life

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                                        “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats

                                        Featured photo credit: Sunlight/Marin Resnick via flickr.com

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                                        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                                        7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                                        7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                                        When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                                        You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                                        1. Connecting them with each other

                                        Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                                        It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                                        2. Connect with their emotions

                                        Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                                        For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                                        3. Keep going back to the beginning

                                        Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                                        On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                                        4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                                        After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                                        Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                                        5. Entertain them

                                        While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                                        Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                                        6. Appeal to loyalty

                                        Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                                        In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                                        7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                                        Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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