Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Nature

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 16
The N Piece - Nature

Walking in Nature is Meditation for me. But there was a time when I took Nature for granted. A hill was just a hill, a tree just a tree.

I was caught up in the rat race and I lived in a concrete jungle. The gardens and parks were play areas for my daughter - a place I could send her to with the maid.

Then my destiny sent me a long long way to New Zealand. There was nature all around. Even the city is nestled among hills. The air is so pure and refreshing here that walking became a pleasure. And slowly I started to appreciate and understand Nature.

Each day I thank the lovely Pohutakawa tree near my bus stop that gives me shelter from the rain and protection from strong winds.

The beautiful hills around my home are so serene and calming. I sit each morning watching the hills and sipping my tea. It's one of my favourite times of the day.

The skies are amazing. They look different everyday and somedays the clouds make some amazing patterns. I look at the clouds sometimes and wonder if the patterns they form mean something.

I love the plants in my garden and I've grown to love them. I watch them change with each season. And the little birds perching on them look so sweet. I love walking bare-feet in my garden and feeling the grass underneath them.

And on the days when the wind stops blowing I actually miss the wind in my hair. Not many days when the wind doesn't blow as this is Windy Wellington and because of the wind, we have very little pollution here and the air always smells fresh and clean.

On Saturday mornings, I visit the Farmer's Market. I've been going for quite a while now and I usually get caught up in the buzz of the place. But the last few visits I have also noticed, the trees around the place that make the whole place look so pretty. I look at them and feel they are protecting us.

The last year, Nature has suddenly become an important part of my life. I've noticed so many things I had never seen before or taken for granted. Nature is so alive.

Our Earth is such a beautiful planet. We should all look after our Mother Earth and appreciate all the things she bestows on us. We have in recent times faced her fury and now and then she reminds us that we are privileged to live here.


the trees at the Farmer's Market

the hills I look at each morning - taken in Summer, it's much greener now


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet 
and the winds long to play with your hair.
 ~ Khalil Gibran

Enjoy nature but also respect her.


Written for: A to Z Challenge and The Ultimate Blogging Challenge


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38 comments:

  1. Hey that lovely Suzy. I want to come visit.

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    1. Thanks Tulika. NZ is definitely worth a visit.

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  2. wallah.. would love to b there..

    PhenoMenon

    http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/04/nachos/

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    1. Hi Pheno, yes nice place to be.

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  3. I wish I could visit atleast once...Lovely really Suzy

    N for Nauseated-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Thanks Naba. I hope one day you will visit.

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  4. Nature never goes out of fashion and there is so much to learn from it too, apart from appreciating its beauty all around us! And you stay at a beautiful place, Suzy!

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    1. So true Shilpa. Nature is a great teacher. And yes I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place.

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  5. Beautiful! we shouldn't take things and nature for granted

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    1. Thanks Zazaqzou. Welcome to my blog.

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  6. To have that view to look at every day- MY GOD . I am jealous of u suzy :)
    Incidentally I wrote about nature too
    U wrote about the nature U experienced so beautifully

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    1. Thanks Afshan. I thank God everyday for the beautiful hills around me. Off to read your post now.

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  7. Thanks for another lovely, positive post Suzy!

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  8. I can absolutely relate to your post. I live amongst a lot of green, just next to a national park. All my windows and doors open up to greenery. I hope someday I have more time in hand to leisurely enjoy nature around me. :)

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    1. Oh wow Juzta Mom. Living near a national park must be so lovely.

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  9. Really what we get from being in the presence of and in harmony with nature is beyond words. Thanks Suzy for this post about your love for Mother Nature. I can relate to so much of what you say here.

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Glad you can relate to my post. Nature is so refreshing.

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  10. Have heard that New Zealand is really pretty ! Lovely blog post on natural beauty !

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    1. Thanks Vasudha. NZ is spectacularly beautiful.

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  11. Your home is so beautiful. I would love to experience it first hand! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Maybe someday you will.

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  12. Your posts are always so reassuring and put things in perspective so well. Lovely post about Nature. New Zealand sounds so beautiful. Must be great to look out at those hills each day. I love Nature here in Canada, too, even though it can be cruel and can never make up its mind what season it is as we had a summery day the other day and then back into winter again. Sigh.

    http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2014/04/n-is-for-now.html

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Canada is also so beautiful I hope someday I will visit - it's my dream to travel through Canada.

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  13. The only difference between us is that I was always intensely aware of nature. I appreciate its beauty a lot more now than I did before, but that's about all. I've specially had a thing for water bodies. They do something to me. I get mesmerized and lost. :)

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    1. Thanks Dagny. Water does have that effect. Perhaps all of nature does as the hills and mountains do that to me as well.

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  14. Dear Suzy, my whole childhood is a memory of being outdoors with my family, in beautiful surroundings. Thank you for helping me remember. I spend so much time inside now! :) jean

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    1. Thanks Jean. It's so true that we spend more time indoors than outdoors. I'm trying to get back into a lunchtime walking routine.

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  15. It's glad to see that you are surrounded by Nature that makes our life journey beautiful. What a coincidence! Just hopped from Eli blog on NZ and here I'm treated to another facet of New Zealand. Keep it up, Suzy:)

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Loved Eli's NZ post.

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  16. wat a picturesque place u r living in suzy!! love it <3 really! even i was taking nature for granted before few years bt now i know better :-)

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    1. Thanks Swathi. I feel blessed to live here.

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  17. I love seeing new places, new experiences. For me, New Zealand is just a place on a map. A curiosity. But then so is New York City, LOL

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    1. Thanks Huntress. I guess places are just dots on a map until you get there!

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  18. So much to be grateful for and I like how many of us chose N for Nature this time :) Your place sounds lovely, Suzy , as does the description of the wind in your hair :)

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    1. Thanks Shailaja Glad you enjoyed my post.

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  19. Oh wow... Look at that place... Stunning :)

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Glad you like it.

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