One of my favorite things to collect from the National Parks are the “Advice from Nature” poems. We find ones that remind us of a place we explored or an animal we saw, and I find the simplicity of their advice refreshing. My favorite:
Advice from a TREE
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots into the Earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
Sometimes you can find the wall-poster size at the National Park Visitor Centers and gift shops, but I usually just pick out the large postcard size.
They are cheap and frame beautifully! I frame them with a simple $10 clear frame and a piece of cardstock.
They make great wall-hangings for bathrooms and other small places that don’t have the wall-space for a full picture or piece of art. The kids have also picked out their favorites for their rooms. Now we have collected enough poems that they are sprinkled all throughout the house, and they remind us of so many of the lessons that we have learned from nature.
In the end, we are all probably inundated with more “friendly” advice than we care to hear in a lifetime, but I find the nature poems calming on those days when I can’t be out in the woods myself, breathing deeply, and watching the wild things roam by.
This November has been an incredibly busy month for me, and I try to remind myself to just do one thing at a time, and if I can’t get to it, then I can’t. I’ll leave you with the advice of a sea turtle, an eternally steady animal that reminds me to stay calm under pressure.
What’s your favorite advice for the busy times in your life? I’d love to hear your input!