Today I encountered an unexpected natural oasis in the midst of urban chaos. The sounds of birds and running water competed with speeding cars and horns. I walked along a dirt path surrounded by green, but past the foliage peaked through a major highway I’ve driven on several times. I had a general idea that this place existed, but the beauty in its entirety didn’t reveal itself until I actually made the effort to look. I’m grateful to my friend who introduced me to such a wonderful place.
Even with the audible and visual hints of an urban setting, it was still no match for the calmness that interacting with nature brings. In fact, I was feeling stressed earlier in the day, but then as I walked among the trees, I felt completely at peace.
It’s so easy to go about our days, rapidly going through the motions, but today was a reminder for me to always take a step back and appreciate the wonders around me.
We inhabit such a gorgeous planet, and there is beauty to admire around every corner.