Lady Bird Johnson once said “My heart found it’s home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order, and disorder of the flowering earth.” It’s a beautiful sentiment and one that doubtless many of my readers will share. There’s something in us that comes alive when we’re outside. Imagine that first warm spring day after a cold winter, or when a breeze filled with salty air comes off the ocean, or when you hear birds singing in the evenings, or see the stars come out at night. These are the small pleasures, moments only nature can give us.
Lady Bird Johnson also said “The environment after all is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” She said that during a speech at Yale University in 1967. No doubt she was speaking to some of the brightest young minds of her day, minds that would hopefully be inspired on that day to love the flowering earth as much as she. It is my hope that in some small way I may also share my love of the world with others.
The best thing we can do is to take a walk in the woods. It seems simple. Maybe it even seems silly. But it’s vitally, critically, massively important. It is important to explore the world. To close your eyes and take a deep breath. To hear the sounds of leaves rustling, or little animals scampering, or birds chirping. It’s important because it’s disappearing, not just from the world in general, but also from our minds. When we allow ourselves this space outside we begin to feel at home. Something pulls us back to nature. We are animals after all.
So please, do Lady Bird a solid, and take a walk in the woods. See the wildflowers she so loved. Maybe, just maybe, you will fall in love too.