Sitting in front of my computer this morning, working away on projects, processes, and papers inspired by nature, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself for not being able to enjoy the gorgeously brilliant morning. Since I work from home, I don’t even have to go outside for a commute! I was becoming increasingly unproductive and, as is my habit, increasingly caffeinated and irritable. I was hoping for some sort of magical intervention to rescue the day. Ironically (embarrassingly), it took me a while to realize that I just needed to go outside and get inspired by nature!
I grabbed paper, pens, phones, and my dog and went for a walk. Fifteen minutes later my irritable self was sitting on a rock in a dazzling sunbeam bouncing off the water. I closed my eyes, felt the sun’s warmth on my face, listened to the soft slaps of waves rising with the tide, and — less than five minutes later — ideas flowed, concepts formed, answers emerged. I was inspired! I was on a roll for over an hour… before a pair of very friendly, very large dogs came charging up, jumped in and out the water and shook themselves out all over me and my backpack. Then I was inspired, wet, and laughing…
Back at my computer, I looked up “inspiration” online and found some lovely – inspiring, actually – definitions:
§ arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
§ a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
§ divine guidance: a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings; arousing to a particular emotion or action
That’s exactly what I felt! And that’s exactly what I feel every time I immerse myself in nature. Looking for arousal, creativity, sudden intuition, or divine guidance? Try going outside and see if you are inspired by nature. If you do, let us know how it goes!