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Some things we can learn from Nature

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Our wild bunny came home late yesterday. He – or is it she? – lives under the big blue spruce tree outside our front door and likes to take off every now and again, so that we don’t see him for three weeks or so at a time.

JoAnn likes to think he is busy visiting various girl-friends in the area, which may be true, of course.

I get a bit concerned as weeks go by with no bunny in sight. I wonder if mischief of some kind has befallen him. His life is fragile, just like ours, with coyotes and other threats present in the region.

Bunny, as far as I know, does not have the ability to kill or maim anything or anyone. He survives, if he does survive, because he can run as fast as a speeding locomotive and has a highly honed early warning system.

He survives, too, because he is a creature of the earth, finding protection, comfort and renewal in the embrace of mother earth and in the deep, winding tunnels that he — or is it she? — builds below ground. Gosh, I wonder who does do most of the work, come to think of it?

I feel a deep connection with this simple, but magical creature. Perhaps one reason is that although bunnies are obviously insignificant as far as our weighty human affairs are concerned, they have a lot to teach us.

For instance:

1. Bunny reminds me to examine my own tools of perception and how well I use them. I may not have the radar-like hearing or almost 360 degree vision of a bunny but I have other perceptive abilities.

For example, do I listen to the nudges of my heart? Do I pay attention to the spirit behind another person’s utterance? Do I trust my instincts if I feel a need to be cautious in some situation?

2. Bunny reminds me of the value of play. They like to hop and jump for no apparent reason. I have read that they can jump as high as nine feet. One time JoAnn and I looked out the window of our previous home and saw a bunny running around in small circles in our back-yard, sometimes stopping to throw a little jump into the mix. Why was that? Well, as far as I’m concerned, it was purely for the fun of it.

How I thank God that over the past few years particularly, I have remembered this innate ability we all have to be playful. The older I become the more I seem to enjoy being playful just for the sake of being playful. The more I enjoy not taking myself so seriously. And the more I see the fun present in little moments.

3. Bunny reminds me to stay “grounded.” It is wonderful to let thoughts and imagination roam. It is wonderful to dream, and dream big. But bunny reminds me that just as he finds renewal and sanctuary in his burrow, so I must at times admire a tree or touch a rock or listen to the music of the stream that flows behind our property.

4. Last but not least, bunny reminds me of the importance of vulnerability. We tend to grow up thinking that to be strong means we must always be right, and never wrong. We think it’s weak to change our mind or see another person’s point of view.

But there is no real strength without vulnerability. Only the strong can be gentle, as that beautiful man, Nelson Mandela, has proven so richly in his life.

I send you best wishes and love. If you have any thoughts on the above, please write, I’d love to hear from you.

Picture credit: Copyright All rights reserved by Country Creations by Kathy

 

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Sally Sinden June 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Hi Christopher,

I haven’t checked in for awhile, but I’m still here, happy and healthy! I enjoy reading your posts in Happy Seeker. At 63, I really don’t feel all that grown up. I spent the last week with my two grandsons and after spending time with them, I really feel child-like because I’ve taken long hours playing with them. As a result, I feel the pleasant hangover, having had the privilege of sharing their innocence during that magic time, remembering what it was like to have no worries about the past or future, only being being interested in the moment.

I love doing art projects and playing with them. I always bring a big bag of goodies, filled with things to do with them. They get to go to the Dollar Store, and they each get to choose five things that they want to do with me. For some reason, I thought of a quote today that I recently read that stuck with me…”Humility is not thinking less of yourself, rather thinking of yourself less.” C. S. Lewis. That has been a feature of my moments recently, and it seems to have an effect much like the Fountain of Youth.

I’ve recently realized that throughout my life with the highs and lows and all that’s in between, that unexplainable essence that is the basic me, that thing we all have that makes us each the individuals we are, that essence remains the same. It has no sense of time and it never leaves. I take great comfort knowing the spirit is indestructible. In just one day it’s almost impossible to list the things to be grateful for, the list of blessings is long.

I find at 63 that each day is a blessing, and striving to be aware of the many opportunities and doors of change that are open to me is what makes life so very interesting! I make it a point to never let a day pass without counting the many tbings that I take for granted as blessings. It’s hard to be unhappy when I realize how rich I am!

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Christopher Foster June 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Lovely to hear from you Sally. I’m glad things are going well. Your comments are beautiful and as I read your words I have to marvel once more how important it is to give thanks for the blessings that life brings to us. In this regard I loved reading about your experiences with your two grandsons.

The way we each think is different and unique, and yet surely this indestructible spirit in us all is one spirit and we touch that sense of oneness when we allow gratitude into our lives. Love and blessings to you Sally. I feel blessed to have shared your words. PS Thanks for your note re typos, but look, no worries at all. You write very well. Keep the comments coming, okay, when you feel the urge:-)

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Sally Sinden June 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Christopher, I just saw all the typos on my post. Sometimes I use my droid to post comments, and because I’m doing it on my phone, the printing is very small and I often don’t notice typos. Now when I look at the post on my PC and everything is visible…uhhh! I trust you know what I was trying to say…

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Nadeja June 29, 2013 at 4:32 am

Hi Chris,
A lovely story and I love bunnies! Vulnerability! the very word evokes a gentleness of the heart. Instant healing! Let your love shine, open your heart to love. Vulnerability will set you free from self judgements and hardness. Thank you for your beautiful sharing. Love and blessings to your and your beautiful wife.
Nadeja

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Christopher Foster June 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Nadeja, many thanks for your words on vulnerability. There’s a lot of wisdom and compassion in your comment and I’m very grateful for your participation in this way. I’m also very grateful for your encouragement and support. We’re in this together, aren’t we.

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Marisa June 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I received an email from my daughter today. She and a few friends completed a 15 mile trail. The photos captured the wonder of nature. A few weeks ago she completed the 545 mile bike ride for lifecycle. On each trip she brought back beautiful photographs of the scenery, and critters, she met along the way. When she was a wee child we walked everyday to experience all that nature has to offer. I still do this. Without the solace and grace of nature I am sure there would have been many times I would not have been able to refresh my spirit and soul to find gratitude in every blade of grass, every sunrise and sunset, every critter and human.

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Christopher Foster June 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thank you for this inspiring testimony Marisa. It’s beautiful to see how your daughter grew up sharing the same attitudes toward nature that you yourself have manifested and continue to manifest in your life. Solace and grace without, and solace and grace within as we open our hearts to the goodness and abundance of the universe.

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Denise June 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Thank you and Bunny for the reminders ! they were just what I needed to hear at this moment……Bless you xx

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Christopher Foster June 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Bless you too Denise. It’s always a delight to hear from you.

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Bea June 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Dear Christopher,

I loved reading the lessons learnt from bunny. Isn’t it charming, that there is so much all around us at every moment showing us the way. All we need to do is stop and experience its abundance.

Yesterday, while I was out on a shopping spree…. a thought occurred, inspired by something my friend said. I stopped for a while to thank God/ the Universe for all that I have and for all that I don’t have; and I am not just talking about things. It’s at such moments that I am so deeply grateful and appreciative that my life is really so good.

Thank you Christopher for sharing what you have with the world. There is no greater gift than giving with a pure heart .
God bless,

Bea

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Christopher Foster July 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Bea,

Your words charm my soul. Thank you. It’s good to hear from you. I hope all goes very well for you and I wish you much happiness and success. Thank you also for subscribing to my blog. It’s good to share this road with you. It’s a road well worth travelling isn’t it, life is good, just as you say.

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Pramod July 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

Hello Christopher,
I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I really enjoyed reading it! I am a new blogger. I think your article motivates the people how to live,how to encourage, how to fight .
thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Christopher Foster July 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you Pramod. I appreciate your input very much and I’m sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. All the very best to you.

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Val July 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I had no idea a bunny could jump that high! But thank you for the beautiful reminders! My favorite is remembering the value of play, which is what I will endeavor to do more of.

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Christopher Foster July 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Dear Val, sorry for the delayed response. Thank you for your comment. I think play is as necessary as having a sense of humor, essential to our sanity isn’t it?

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Suyesh Bhattarai July 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

Great article and nice to see the way you’ve written the article. It’s full of inspiration and teaches us how to live our life. Also, the way you compared the values of life with that bunny was quite interesting.
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bheem August 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Nature teaches many things in general like be patient and calm in the form of trees. Travel less for longer life span, be strong even in times of sorrow etc. But many of the younger generation miss the chance to observe in realistic way due to life style changes. Seems they must visit sites like this to keep themselves aware. Thanks…
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Mansi Padhya August 6, 2013 at 6:06 am

Hi Christopher,
We can learn lot of thing from Nature, Nature is really great part of human life like we can Nature is our parents which nourish their child ! We should care to Nature who is nourishing to us.

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Christopher Foster August 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thank you for your most welcome comment Mansi. Indeed Nature is a great teacher. Best wishes.

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