Nature’s Wisdom: Extra – Ordinary
After taking a self-imposed pause from writing Nature’s Wisdom, I’m back.
This break brought me lots of inspiration, a much needed rest and time to myself as I turned the page on another decade. (Yup, I finally turned 50)
This time of reflection allowed me to ponder on being ordinary to create the extraordinary.
I observe and listen a lot to what is happening around me and what messages and experiences people are living and giving. From a very young age, kids start getting the message of going after the best, the highest honours, the greatest scores, and achieving the top of the echelon.
There is nothing wrong with this vision at all but what happens when that is not at all what drives you? What message do we give and send out to those of us that do not strive to be leaders or the first of their peers? What if being the best that I can be is all I need? What if this turns out to be ordinary, typical and regular?
Living an ordinary life to create the extraordinary vision of my life.
That is what I strive for, so how do I create this?
As always, I turned to Nature to help me understand and deal with this realisation.
Being ordinary is all around in Nature. There are lots of the same organism, common and regular that we find everywhere, so how can Mother Nature be so extraordinary when she is made up of ordinary everyday organisms?
This is what I came up with.
Enjoy the present, be in the moment
Nature is the best example of being in the present moment. This capacity to be present in the moment allows Nature to create her future, creating today so that there can be a tomorrow.
This capacity to be present is not about forgetting what is coming. In nature, we are reminded that being here and now is about creating today, being very involved with what is showing up for nature at that moment.
Nature creates herself daily, consistently, from her knowledge of self, grounded in her reality of the day, of that moment.
We could learn from being present in our daily life, not getting caught up with what is coming. Doing our best today so that tomorrow is created.
Unity of the normal and average
In nature we find many organisms of the same species, looking exactly like one and other, blending into a forest of similar organisms. Each organism being an original of themselves as they blend into the tapestry of the similar and average.
Each organism celebrated as a part of the whole, joining in the strength and beauty that is created by coming together with similar plants or organism. All are valued and belong to the group. None are rejected or denied the capacity to be all that they can be. They are welcomed for being an original of themselves.
Extra Ordinary, Exceptional and Remarkable
The amazing and remarkable is always in the eyes of those that look at Nature. The extra ordinary comes from the exceptional capacity to create the wonderful feeling, the amazing experience, the breathtaking landscape, the scenery, the environment.
The benefits of Nature are multiplied for others around her because Nature lets her ordinary everyday life make her extra ordinary for those that see, need and value her.
We should learn to live a bit closer to how Mother Nature lives and creates herself. By doing so, we would be reminded of Nature’s inexhaustible consistent creation that is never obsolete since it is in constant transformation. Taking the ordinary and producing the extra ordinary.
When we spend our energy defining ourselves by what we do, we waste precious energy. We could learn so much from Nature that defines herself by who she is rather than what she does.
Maybe if we started using Nature as a guide and inspiration to become ourselves, we might learn to be comfortable within our relationship to ourselves and we could accept ourselves more. This would allow us to share our ordinary self to create an extra ordinary experience for ourselves and for those around us.
If you are looking to transform how you feel about yourself and are ready to recognize your value and your importance in your own life, this is how I can help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.