Nature was a part of the everyday lives of our ancestors. As civilization progressed the gap between our oneness with nature and our everyday lives grew greater until many have forgotten the peace and inspiration that can be found in nature. Consider these quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson as you work to reconnect your daily life with nature.

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.”

Many people go through life thinking they are a failure or that they are not smart enough or good enough to be successful. Consider the lowly weeds of the field and how they are transformed once their virtue is discovered. Consider the tomato that was once torn from the ground and cast aside as a undesired weed but now holds the honor of the most popular vegetable grown in gardens across America. Get into the habit of looking to your personal talents and abilities and you will soon find success.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

We have much to learn from nature, as all plants grow and bear fruit when it is time. The gardener knows he cannot hurry the melon on the vine or the lilies in the field. Know that you, too, must exercise patience as you work towards your dreams and goals, for all things will come together in their time.

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.”

Nature freely shares her wisdom with those whose eyes are ready to see. She teaches patience, hard work and perseverance as she weathers the storm. Get into the habit of viewing your life in relation to the wonders of the natural world around you and you will soon find yourself reaping the benefits of nature’s wisdom.

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.”

So often we forget to take the time to appreciate the wonders around us and begin to take it for granted. Emerson reminds us to take time to see the wonders in our own lives and to appreciate them for what they are. Like the stars in the night sky, learn to see the people and events in your life with new eyes and you will soon be marveling at the wonders in your life.

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”

According to Emerson, the gods speak in the nearly silent whispers of nature. The sound of the wind or the cry of the bird can only be heard when we are silent and make an effort to listen. Get into the habit of spending time in nature and listening to the secrets carried in the wind and you will soon find more peace in your life than you ever thought possible.