I read something today about a person’s love for the ocean and several people chimed in. All ocean lovers. Are you an ocean lover? My husband loves the ocean. The sand, the sea and the sound of the waves, he loves it. My best friend loves the ocean too. Not me. The ocean is beautiful isn’t it? It really is, but it’s not my place.
I love the land.
My happy place is being surrounded by trees and dirt.
My adoptive parents loved the desert. Not me. It can be too hot for one. I can appreciate the beauty of the desert but it’s the last place on Earth I want to spend time in.
No, it’s the mountains for me or the country; just get me out of the city. The minute I get into that clear air I can feel it. A change comes over me. Relaxation sets in. My heart slows down and no doubt, my blood pressure lowers. I’m instantly at peace.
It’s the one place I’ve always felt myself.
The smell of the dirt – dry, powdery and filled with life rustles my mind with memories and the feelings of my youth. Give me the earth below my feet and the trees towering above me. Add in the sun-beams filtering through. Perfect! It always makes me think of Jesus. I’m not sure why – I just do.
The beauty of nature – rocks, sticks, moss, and pinecones and plants grounds me and gives me a feeling of home. The playful chittering of squirrels, the call of the crows and the breeze in the leaves create a symphony that brings me a lifetime of joy in that single moment. Inhaling deeply my spirit settles and my heart feels full yet open; I’m at peace with myself.
That’s what nature does to me.
Put me on a farm and fill my nose with the pungent smell of hay and manure.
The cacophony of goats, sheep, cows and chickens is the music for the ages – once again – I feel free and whole.
Like many Adoptees I never felt like I belonged. Ever the outsider, except in nature. For whatever reason it’s the one place I feel like I belong.
How about you? Where are you the happiest? Is there a place where you feel better when you’re there? I’d love to know.
Thanks for dropping by, blessings to you dear reader.