Arbor Day – Do you know when it’s celebrated? And why?

sunset cascading into a forest floor

Although national Arbor Day is in April, many states and communities celebrate Arbor Day sooner to take advantage of a more suitable climate in which to plant trees. Yes, Arbor Day is about planting trees, but it’s also a time when we can celebrate nature. Nature is a great stress reliever, a great healer. (A repost from December 2017.)

Related: When is Arbor Day celebrated in your state? 

Nature – in the backyard

Nature’s way to speak to us all
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

The vibrant red of a cardinal on a gray and gloomy winter’s day
The soaring of an eagle in what appears to be an endless sky
The sounds of water as it travels after a torrent rain
It’s there for all to see, it’s there for all to hear, for you see, it is …

Nature’s way to speak to us all,
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

Tree in fogThe swaying of a tree, in a summer’s warm sultry breeze
The weaving of a web from a spider from tree to tree to tree
The symphony of crickets and frogs, as I sit upon my deck
It’s there for all to see, it’s there for all to hear, for you see, it is …

Nature’s way to speak to us all,
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

The power of an ant moving a beetle ten times its size
The revolving carousel of birds around a feeder hung nearby
The rapid flittering of the hummingbird’s wings,
Is always a wonder
It’s there for all to see, it’s there for all to hear, for you see, it is …

Nature’s way to speak to us all,
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

The warmth of the sun, on a brisk fall day
The harvest moon, or any that is amongst a starlit sky
The emergence of new leaves, ready to spring forth all life, a fresh breath
It’s there for all to see, it’s there for all to hear, for you see, it is …

Nature’s way to speak to us all,
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

You need not travel far, you need not travel wide
You need not procure additional clothing and wares
All you need, is to be aware, for you see, it is …

Nature’s way to speak to us all
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

Something for everyone, just waiting to please
You need not fret, if you are prone to sneeze
For even an open curtain, may bring you to your knees
For I wish, that all would see, it is …

Always a wonder,

Nature’s way to speak to us all
If only we stop, to absorb its awe!

Soulful Quote:

The Earth laughs in flowers”- Unknown

Song:

“For the Beauty of the Earth” by John Rutter

Game Exercise/Life Changer:

Make it a point to go spend sometime in the great outdoors this week. Weather not conducive, spend sometime looking out you window, drive and park in a park parking lot. Watching rain, snow, and wind blowing the trees is experiencing nature as well. Then, write down one thing that you saw that you’ve really never noticed before. This is what I call discovering nature.

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