The other day I posted about how living on land was energizing for me & a sort of "creative fuel" and I couldn't get over the beautiful, thoughtful comments readers left. Some of them were so universal and rang so true to me that I wanted to share them. As Thanksgiving nears (whaaaat?!!!) I wanted you all to know how thankful I am for the kindness & support you've given to me over the years. I can't get over how many beautiful, kind souls I've "met" here. Here are just a few of the comments (mixed in with photos of our Thanksgiving tables from years past & pics of our properties past & present) and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
"...Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." — John Muir
- From Alana
"The landscape of one's youth stirs the soul like no other."
-From Christina, quoting a book she read long ago
"Nature indeed fuels creativity when we are quiet enough to see & listen. We are on acreage, and my inner child comes forward exploring with the new
pup, especially with each season."
-Debra, who writes 5th and State
"My job is not a "creative" one per say but knowing that I am helping so many people who are sick (I work as a clinical dietitian in a hospital) fuels me - I only want to make a difference in more peoples' lives... it's contagious for me."
"Nature has always had that affect on me, even though I grew up in a tiny house in a large crowded city, a child immigrated from Italy. But every chance I got, I would join my father, in his vegetable garden, digging up the sweet smelling earth, planting seeds and at the end of summer, filling my basket with tomatoes, arugula, zucchinis and sweet red peppers. And flowers! My love affair with flowers grew like the borders that wound around my house... And now, so many decades later, I find that the sight of nature outside my home... is so much more than just what I see. I find that for me, it's the more subtle sounds of nature that enthrall me. If you stand still, you can hear the wind moving through the leaves and the buzz of insects and bees moving gracefully from bloom to bloom, be they garden flowers or roadside plants. If you put your ear down close to the ground, you can hear the beat of life. So yes, I hear, I feel, I love. And everyday, it restores me."