Regardless of your political affiliation, recent months have been filled with crucial conversations where opinions vary, stakes are high, and emotions run strong. The authors of the best-selling book, Crucial Conversations, tell us that during such times, we are often at our worst. We feel under pressure, stumped, and tend to act in self-defeating ways. At such times, I have found a wonderful way to combat the stress is simply to spend time with Mother Nature.
Several years ago, I moved from Houston, Texas, to Phoenix, Arizona. My husband and I are nature lovers, and the Valley of the Sun was calling us! We enjoy hiking, camping, boating, and getting outside to see national parks. One such motorcycle adventure, we bagged seven national parks in seven days. We were fortunate enough a couple of winters ago to see the Grand Canyon after a recent snow storm. Hardly a soul was around as the temperature was only 18 degrees.
Although the wind was howling through the trees, the quiet was deafening. The sun began to peek through the storm clouds and gave us glimpses of this amazing wonder that stretches 277 miles and 2,600 feet deep. As we stood on the edge and looked at the vast red rock canyon covered in white, we felt incredibly small. All recent events and worries of the world floated away as if they opted to join the clouds rolling through the canyon, never to be seen again. We found ourselves standing still, in awe and in appreciation of life.
The great outdoors offers us the ability to step back, if only for a moment, to breathe and gain perspective. Mother Nature beckons us to let stress go and let beauty in. Nature and all its glory reminds us life is a precious gift to be treasured. How blessed we are to live in an incredible country full of wondrous gardens, parks, and monuments as diverse as our population.
In the 1991 film Grand Canyon, starring Kevin Kline and Danny Glover, two character’s lives cross paths. Coming from very distinct and different backgrounds, they become friends and share in the trials and tribulations of life as they unfold. At the end of the movie, they decide to take a trip to see the Grand Canyon. The movie ends with all the squabbling, concern, doubts, and fears being minimized by the sheer magnitude and power of a six-million-year-old landform.
Mother Nature knows nothing of politics, nor does she partake in debates. She simply wants to spend time with you. Perhaps it is time you carve out some vacation time and spend it with Mother Nature. She will welcome you with open arms like a long-lost friend. When you find yourself weary on the uphill road of life, take the exit leading you toward a botanical garden, the lake, or a park.
And if you need help striking a balance between work and home life, I can help with coaching. Ready for a new perspective? I hope so because remember life IS grand!