~ Killing Time | Joss Stone ~
"But much of what we truly need can only be found under the naked sky, alongside tall trees, on open plains, or in the sound of running water.
When you step out of your door each morning, pause for a minute and close your eyes long enough to let your senses absorb your surroundings. Listen and breathe deeply, until you hear the wind rustling through branches, smell rain on damp grass, and see the reflection of leaves brushing up against windowpanes.
Taking a walk under the stars or feeling the wind on your face may be all it takes for you to reconnect with nature. Remember, you are as much a part of nature as are the leaves on a tree or water bubbling in a brook."
Through the years I have learned to appreciate nature's peace as time has passed.
Job stress drove me to retire unusually early from a career that I truly loved, but the stress of office politics got the best of me in the end.
As I gained an appreciation for nature's peace, I built up an intolerance for office politics. I'm the type of person who would rather walk away over having to deal with unpleasantness. It is something that I'd rather not deal with. Life is way too short!
However, there were times when it was necessary to just bite my tongue, turn the other cheek and ignore what was happening around me, no matter how unpleasant it was. It was also in those days when I still had patience with faith and hope in people.
The utilization of breaks and lunch hours outdoors kept me going in many jobs that were unpleasant since the place of employment happened to be situated in a very peaceful outdoor setting where I could escape for just a little while. It made it tolerable.
One of my last jobs left me so burned out that it affected me emotionally. That is when I turned to a psychologist for help. After a while, it occurred to me that I could heal myself in my way.
I turned to nature. My back yard became my paradise, a sanctuary where I could escape, established my goal to make it a beautiful place of serenity and enjoy the gifts that God gave us in nature.
Those changes made all the difference in my life. They were the happiest years of my first marriage, which was a blessing since he passed away at such a young age. But I had the peace of mind that I made the last years of his life so happy.
Simple things in life became priceless and for the most part, I wanted no part of those things that cost money and cluttered my house. Money took a back seat in my life as the lifestyle of Simple Abundance took over.
And it all started with nature's peace . . . God's gift to all of us!