If you stay stuck in the past season or fixated on the future season, you will miss the one you’re in. — Maree Dee
The seasons follow their own rhythm. They are proof that change is a natural part of life. But we humans often resist and complain of the rain, the snow, the heat, and the cold. We have the audacity to think we can alter the forces of nature. But Mother Nature laughs at our attempts to control her. She has her own wisdom and her own rules.
What is she telling us? For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #24 Seasons, I’m posting some wonderful quotes from people who have listened to nature and learned from her. I’ve paired the quotes with some recent photos from our travels during different seasons, as well as some older shots of New Hampshire, when we lived on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee. The “ice village” in the last shot sprang up every December when the lake froze over and disappeared in April when the ice melted.
You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. ~Alan Watts
In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.~Rainer Maria Rilke
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare
We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.~Gary Zukav
Sometimes I am preoccupied, restless, and worried, immersed in my own thoughts. But Mother Nature draws me out of my little isolated bubble and reminds me that I’m part of the wider world. In every season she helps me find tranquility when I’m restless; she comforts me when I am in pain. I learn so much from her and I’m grateful.
A special thanks to Tina, who is the creative inspiration behind this week’s theme–Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #24 Seasons. Next week, it will be my turn to post theme #25. I hope you’ll join all of us!