I work in a forest and the view from my office window is like looking out of a tree house. It sounds great, and usually is, but lately I’ve been staring at my computer all day and have hardly even glanced at my treee-house view, much less actually set foot on a trail. The work I’ve been doing has been tedious and frustrating and cup after cup of earl gray tea have only given brief moments of serenity.
What I really needed was nature. I love working with people who understand the importance of nature and who encourage walks in the woods as part of our paid workday. I said I needed more nature, less computer and everyone understood.
The crisp morning and bright sunlight, even through the cloudy skies, cleared my head and gave me space to breath. Sometimes I forget to find time for myself. I love this time of year, when the over-eager Indian Plum is the winning the race to blanket the forest in bright green.
It’s not the only one though. There are so many colors and textures waiting in the wings. New leaves are bursting forth into the clean air as winter makes its slow exit.
The licorice ferns are especially vibrant in the winter. I wish I were a little gnome or fairy who could live in this beautiful space. Waking to see the sun shine through the leaves.
There’s a whole universe within the forest. Trees that have seen decades pass by while they stand strong. Decomposing logs that are changing back into soil before our very eyes.
There is so much space to think and breath in the forest. It’s a soft place for me to land and connects me to the reason I suffer through days of office work. Soon I’ll get to spend more time with my feet in the forest and less time looking at it through a window.
I encourage you to take some time for yourself and to notice what is happening around you as plants and animals alike are anticipating spring.