The digital age is amazing. We can deliver all kinds of messages and solve all kinds of problems. Here’s the trick — electronic communication (email, texts, tweets) when addressing an emotionally charged situation is always open to misinterpretation. When in doubt, say it to the other person’s face. Old fashioned? Maybe. But sensitive material deserves personal delivery.
Mother nature is a powerful tonic for whatever ails you. When it comes to work and the people, places and things that upset us, nature can pull us out of obsession, worry or frustration in a minute. You may not have the time or the inclination to walk along a sandy beach or hike up a rocky mountain trail. Still, you can soothe your mind and refresh your energy by taking just a few moments in your busy day to observe and absorb some aspect of nature.
Even urban settings provide blue skies, racing clouds, bright sun and shimmering moon. Perhaps you catch a flock of birds soaring overhead. You may notice the hearty smell of the earth as you walk to your bus or car or train.
Try it. Just a moment of ingesting the air, trees, grass, reeds, birds, squirrels, water, sky, or whatever form of nature thrives in your environment.
Take it in. Feel your feet on the ground. Become aware of your place in the bigger picture. Exhale and move forward with your day.