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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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                                        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                                        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                                        We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

                                        “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

                                        Are we speaking the same language?

                                        My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

                                        When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

                                        Am I being lazy?

                                        When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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                                        Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

                                        Early in the relationship:

                                        “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

                                        When the relationship is established:

                                        “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

                                        It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

                                        Have I actually got anything to say?

                                        When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

                                        A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

                                        When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

                                        Am I painting an accurate picture?

                                        One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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                                        How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

                                        Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

                                        What words am I using?

                                        It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

                                        Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

                                        Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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                                        Is the map really the territory?

                                        Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

                                        A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

                                        I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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