A couple months back my husband told me about a pretty little park maintained by the historical society in our town. We checked it out, and I fell in love.
It’s small – like a small backyard – but it’s beautiful. Best part? I have never actually run into anyone else there, so it’s like it’s my own personal garden.
Why do I like it so much?
It’s peaceful. I can think there. I can sit on the grass and look at the pond. It’s right along the main road, but it’s separated from it by buildings.
First, what does inspire mean?
- to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.)
- to fill or affect with a feeling, thought, etc.
- to influence or impel
For me, being inspired by nature means a couple of things:
1. I make eco-friendly jewelry, so I am inspired by the beauty of nature and am worried about losing it to pollution and industrial sprawl. So I try to help it stay unpolluted and clean (and even help it become less polluted and cleaner) and try to raise awareness as well. I see trees, flowers and places like this park and I want to keep them around for ever. I’d be devastated to find that someone put a parking lot in place of the park I like to visit.
2. I am inspired by the colors, shapes and images of nature. I think this is mostly what people mean when they say they are inspired by nature.
The way the brown bark of a tree looks against the blue sky. Or that perfect shade of purple on a flower. The beautiful shape of a leaf.
Nature is perfect and unencumbered by the design or architecture that is forced upon us by man. Yes, man-made design can most definitely be beautiful, but nature is unspoiled by anger or any feelings at all or any kind of personal agenda. It’s not paid to design in a certain way.
It just is.
As you spend more time in nature, you begin to focus and experience more of it. Maybe a bee is buzzing around. Maybe there is a plant that you didn’t notice before.
You become inspired: you get a thought or feeling – or idea. Then you create based upon that thought or feeling. Perhaps you’re an artist or writer, sewer or jewelry-maker. Maybe you are inspired to go back to your office and work your butt off.
Maybe the inspiration is direct and you paint a tree, or maybe it’s more subtle.
It never ever makes things worse to be in nature. Almost always it makes everything better! Go find a cute park of your own!