Self-Care Challenge (Day 86): Noticing Nature

On day 86 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I took a moment to notice nature.

One of the things I love most about nature is that whether we notice it or not, it’s all around us all the time. Even in some of the largest metropolitan areas, where concrete and machines dominate the landscape, nature lingers around the edges.

Tree roots break through sidewalks, reminding us of their rightful place. Birds shout from above, perched on high branches. And people (yes, we are nature too), make their homes in small spaces.

As I walked through the city of Santa Monica recently, I noticed rectangular patches of a vibrant green color beneath the trees along the busy street. But as I got closer, I realized it wasn’t real grass after all; it was artificial turf.

My excitement dwindled a little, and I began to think about the plants that might have been there before the concrete was poured over its roots, blocking out the sunlight. I also wondered what kind of animals lived there – and where they are now.

As I sit writing this, I’m looking out my window at my own lush, green back yard. I see it every day, and yet somehow today it looks different. I appreciate it more.

Noticing nature helps me care for the environment…my environment — and the one that I share with all of you.

What did you notice outside today?

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