I’ve found a greater appreciation for moments of happiness. Reflecting on these moments is vital to understanding human nature, and more importantly, yourself. Many times, people dwell on sadness, fear, and grief. But, in stark contrast, there is an equal profoundness in moments of joy, happiness, and relief.
One of my favorite novels is The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. The chapter, “Joy and Sorrow” explains how joy and sorrow are connected. Although this book has little to do with nature, it reflects upon commonalities within society. In order to feel joy, you must have once known a place from sorrow. In order to feel sorrow, you must have once known a place of joy. Without one, you cannot have the other.
In nature, for example, a bee would struggle to survive without the nectar of a flower, while a flower would struggle to survive without the pollination of a bee. The parallels between human emotions and nature are infinite. Those parallels are the connections we have with nature.
Nature has healing qualities, emotionally and physically. Physically, for example, nature provides medicines and aids. Emotionally, nature can remind people of the how connected the universe is. Energy flows from one life form to another.
Over time, as people have strayed away from the natural world, it seems as if there is something missing in society. Perhaps it is that connection between all living things that we have forgotten. It may be forgotten, but it is not lost. It cannot be lost because it is rooted so deeply into our very essence and our very nature that we are inherently destined to belong in a world where nature and people are connected, coexisting.