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20 Amazing Life Lessons Nature Has Taught Us

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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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                                        10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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                                        10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

                                        We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

                                        A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

                                        So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

                                        • honest
                                        • reliable
                                        • competent
                                        • kind and compassionate
                                        • capable of taking the blame
                                        • able to persevere
                                        • modest and humble
                                        • pacific and can control anger.

                                        The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

                                        1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

                                        All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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                                        But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

                                        2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

                                        How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

                                        I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

                                        “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

                                        Abigail Van Buren

                                        3. How does this person take the blame?

                                        Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

                                        4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

                                        You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

                                        5. Read their emails.

                                        Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

                                        • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
                                        • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
                                        • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
                                        • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
                                        • Too many question marks can show anger
                                        • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

                                        6. Watch out for the show offs.

                                        Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

                                        7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

                                        A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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                                        Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

                                        8. Their empathy score is high.

                                        Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

                                        People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

                                        9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

                                        We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

                                        “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

                                        Stendhal

                                         10. Avoid toxic people.

                                        These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

                                        • Envy or jealousy
                                        • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
                                        • Complaining about their own lack of success
                                        • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
                                        • Obsession with themselves and their problems

                                        Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

                                        Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

                                        Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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