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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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                                        Published on May 4, 2021

                                        How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

                                        How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

                                        They say we are the average of the five persons we spend the most time with. For a minute, consider the people around you. Are they truly who your “tribe” should be or who you aspire to become in the future? Are they really genuine people who want to see you succeed? Or are they fake people who don’t really want to see you happy?

                                        In this article, I’ll review why it is important to surround yourself with genuine individuals—the ones who care, bring something to our table, and first and foremost, who leave all fakeness behind.

                                        How to Spot Fake People?

                                        When you’ve been working in the helping professions for a while, spotting fake people gets a bit easier. There are some very clear signs that the person you are looking at is hiding something, acting somehow, or simply wanting to get somewhere. Most often, there is a secondary gain—perhaps attention, sympathy, or even a promotion.

                                        Whatever it is, you’re better off working their true agenda and staying the hell away. Here are some things you should look out for to help spot fake people.

                                        1. Full of Themselves

                                        Fake people like to show off. They love looking at themselves in the mirror. They collect photos and videos of every single achievement they had and every part of their body and claim to be the “best at what they do.”

                                        Most of these people are actually not that good in real life. But they act like they are and ensure that they appear better than the next person. The issue for you is that you may find yourself always feeling “beneath” them and irritated at their constant need to be in the spotlight.

                                        2. Murky in Expressing Their Emotions

                                        Have you ever tried having a deep and meaningful conversation with a fake person? It’s almost impossible. It’s because they have limited emotional intelligence and don’t know how they truly feel deep down—and partly because they don’t want to have their true emotions exposed, no matter how normal these might be.

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                                        It’s much harder to say “I’m the best at what I do” while simultaneously sharing “average” emotions with “equal” people.

                                        3. Zero Self-Reflection

                                        To grow, we must accept feedback from others. We must be open to our strengths and to our weaknesses. We must accept that we all come in different shapes and can always improve.

                                        Self-reflection requires us to think, forgive, admit fault, and learn from our mistakes. But to do that, we have to be able to adopt a level of genuineness and depth that fake people don’t routinely have. A fake person generally never apologizes, but when they do, it is often followed with a “but” in the next breath.

                                        4. Unrealistic Perceptions

                                        Fake people most often have an unrealistic perception of the world—things that they want to portray to others (pseudo achievements, materialistic gains, or a made-up sense of happiness) or simply how they genuinely regard life outside themselves.

                                        A lot of fake people hide pain, shame, and other underlying reasons in their behavior. This could explain why they can’t be authentic and/or have difficulties seeing their environment for the way it objectively is (both good and bad).

                                        5. Love Attention

                                        As I mentioned earlier, the biggest sign that something isn’t quite right with someone’s behavior can be established by how much they love attention. Are you being interrupted every time you speak by someone who wants to make sure that the spotlight gets reverted back to them? Is the focus always on them, no matter the topic? If yes, you’re probably dealing with a fake person.

                                        6. People Pleaser

                                        Appreciation feels nice but having everyone like you is even better. While it is completely unrealistic for most people to please everyone all the time, fake people seem to always say yes in pursuit of constant approval.

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                                        Now, this is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, these people are simply saying yes to things for their own satisfaction. Secondly, they often end up changing their minds or retracting their offer for one reason or another (“I would have loved to, but my grandmother suddenly fell ill.”), leaving you in the lurch for the 100th time this year.

                                        7. Sarcasm and Cynicism

                                        Behind the chronic pasted smile, fake people are well known for brewing resentment, jealousy, or anger. This is because, behind the postcard life, they are often unhappy. Sarcasm and cynicism are well known to act as a defense mechanism, sometimes even a diversion—anything so they can remain feeling on top of the world, whether it is through boosting themselves or bringing people down.

                                        8. Crappy friend

                                        Fake people are bad friends. They don’t listen to you, your feelings, and whatever news you might have to share. In fact, you might find yourself migrating away from them when you have exciting or bad news to share, knowing that it will always end up one way—their way. In addition, you might find that they’re not available when you truly need them or worse, cancel plans at the last minute.

                                        It’s not unusual to hear that a fake person talks constantly behind people’s backs. Let’s be honest, if they do it to others, they’re doing it to you too. If your “friend” makes you feel bad constantly, trust me, they’re not achieving their purpose, and they’re simply not a good person to have around.

                                        The sooner you learn to spot these fake people, the sooner you can meet meaningful individuals again.

                                        How to Cope With Fake People Moving Forward?

                                        It is important to remind yourself that you deserve more than what you’re getting. You are worthy, valuable, precious, and just as important as the next person.

                                        There are many ways to manage fake people. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.

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                                        1. Boundaries

                                        Keep your boundaries very clear. As explained in the book Unlock Your Resilience, boundaries are what keep you sane when the world tries to suffocate you. When fake people become emotional vampires, make sure to keep your distances, limit contact, and simply replace them with more valuable interactions.

                                        2. Don’t Take Their Behavior Personally

                                        Sadly, they most likely have behaved this way before they knew you and will continue much longer after you have moved on. It isn’t about you. It is about their inner need to meet a void that you are not responsible for. And in all honesty, unless you are a trained professional, you are unlikely to improve it anyway.

                                        3. Be Upfront and Honest About How You Feel

                                        If your “friend” has been hurtful or engaged in behaviors you struggle with, let them know—nicely, firmly, however you want, but let them know that they are affecting you. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, you’ll feel better and when you’re ready to move on, you’ll know you tried to reach out. Your conscience is clear.

                                        4. Ask for Advice

                                        If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing or feeling, ask for advice. Perhaps a relative, a good friend, or a colleague might have some input as to whether you are overreacting or seeing some genuine concerns.

                                        Now, don’t confuse asking for advice with gossiping behind the fake person’s back because, in the end, you don’t want to stoop down to their level. However, a little reminder as to how to stay on your own wellness track can never hurt.

                                        5. Dig Deeper

                                        Now, this one, I offer with caution. If you are emotionally strong, up to it, guaranteed you won’t get sucked into it, and have the skills to manage, perhaps you could dig into the reasons a fake person is acting the way they do.

                                        Have they suffered recent trauma? Have they been rejected all their lives? Is their self-esteem so low that they must resort to making themselves feel good in any way they can? Sometimes, having an understanding of a person’s behavior can help in processing it.

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                                        6. Practice Self-Care!

                                        Clearly, putting some distance between the fake person and yourself is probably the way to go. However, sometimes, it takes time to get there. In the meantime, make sure to practice self-care, be gentle with yourself, and compensate with lots of positives!

                                        Self-care can be as simple as taking a hot shower after talking to them or declining an invitation when you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

                                        Spotting fake people isn’t too hard. They generally glow with wanna-be vibes. However, most often, there are reasons as to why they are like this. Calling their behavior might be the first step. Providing them with support might be the second. But if these don’t work, it’s time to stay away and surround yourself with the positivity that you deserve.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Remember that life is a rollercoaster. It has good moments, tough moments, and moments you wouldn’t change for the world. So, look around and make sure that you take the time to choose the right people to share it all with.

                                        We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so take a good look around and choose wisely!

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