This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. — George Bernard Shaw
BEING A FORCE OF NATURE
Nature is engaged in an infinite process of creation, and you’re part of it. There is no “nature” separate from “you”: you’re it and it’s you. Take comfort and joy, then, in knowing that you’re a force of nature. My grandmother was a passionate gardener. In her elder years, she often winced with pain as she stooped over to tend a tomato plant or pick a weed. Once I asked her if she wanted my help in bending over to dig some potatoes out of the ground. “No,” she said. “If I didn’t touch the earth every day, my arthritis would be worse than it is.”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY — MARCH 9
Spend a few minutes today appreciating nature. If you can, take a walk or sit under a tree. If the only nature you can visit is the distant sight of a tree from your office window, take a moment to appreciate it.
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