I’m just as guilty. I use my phone, my tablet, my computer and my TV every single day. Religiously. And maybe it’s even worse for me because I’m a promoter of nature education! I admit that it’s hard to spend time outside, especially in the summer when the heat indices are upwards of 100 degrees. I have learned to deeply appreciate shade!
The bottom line is that we NEED the outdoors. We need the fresh air, the scenic views, and the ever-changing smells. I live out in a rural community kind of close to a dairy, so on any given day, I might smell the pungent aroma of dairy cows (and their poop) or the sweet smell of pollinating corn. I might even smell rain as it moves across the fields. All of these things become familiar and I find it unsettling when I don’t smell them.
I’ve also utilized the giant window in my office several times. It looks out onto test plots, but I still see trees and sunshine. Yesterday, I was having major writer’s block and I just went to the window and stared. I saw a tractor making its way down one of the gravel roads and my mind started to wander as I imagined what it might be up to at the moment. I don’t know how long I stood there, but I immediately felt relaxed and at peace.
Even if it’s hot outside and you’d rather just sit inside with air conditioning, take a few moments out of your day to appreciate the beauty of nature and I bet it will bring a little peace to your day. You never know, you may be inspired to spend more than just a few moments staring out of a window….