“Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.”
-Native American Proverb
In our minds we have messages from childhood about who we are, and these messages, formed from outside of ourselves, are strongly ingrained in our daily choices. The positive ones produce positive results, while others take is down wrong tracks. And we wonder why we end up with our feet stuck in the mud of life. Perhaps we need to expand our vision. Perhaps some of our personal truth is found in nature.
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
I have an old climbing rose bush, and I’ve watched its life over the years. It outgrew the pole it grew on, but all of these roses are ingenious and find new places to climb. So mine found a palm tree next to it, and kept climbing. Isn’t that what these roses are supposed to do? It didn’t need to question who it was. It knew it was a climbing rose, so it climbed. And now every spring my palm tree is filled with beautiful white roses.
What does your self-image say about you. Are you filled with messages that sometimes hold you back–cause pain in your life–prevent you from being who you were created to be? Or do you know who you are, your unique self who can sing your own song and climb to whatever heights you want?
“Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.”
One day I sat on my patio communicating with the birds as I often do. Neither of us knew what the other was saying, but I think we both enjoyed the conversation anyway. Then I noticed other critters enjoying the yard–a couple squirrels looking for food, several lizards scrambling up and down bushes, and spiders busy inspecting their webs. I enjoyed the show and smiled at how they all seemed to know what they were doing. Weren’t they simply doing what they’re supposed to do? They didn’t need good or bad self-identity labels for direction.
When rain has come and gone
And earth smells clean again
I watch the critters creeping out,
New journeys to begin.
A spider weaving in and out.
A baby lizard sleek and green.
A squirrel to check on friends.
An earthworm joins the scene.
There’s no concern for what’s ahead.
Their plans are firm for what they’ll do
They just enjoy the moment now,
To start their day anew.
Do you think they have a knowing
We wish more clear to us,
That God has made their way for them
Without the need to fuss?
Perhaps we need a lesson
From those we sometimes see
Who have a greater faith
Than folks like you and me.
When we’re children, we receive negative messages about ourselves in 3 ways:
1) from what someone says to us, 2) from our own painful experiences, and 3) from what we observe in other’s actions. None of this is true about who and what you are.
No one…No one…can change your true self. You were born beautiful. And you are still beautiful, with all you need to follow your dreams and let your song be heard.
Look inside and experience your true self. You haven’t gone anywhere. So don’t let anyone take that truth from you with false messages. Practice saying ‘No‘ when those negative messages from the past, or present, come up, and replace them with the truth about who you are. Refuse to listen, and learn to say ‘I am beautiful’…and mean it. All in nature know and believe the truth of who they are. And so can you.
I wish you much joy in total awareness of your true self.
Happy Earth Day!
Marilyn Fowler, Author