Some unknown wise soul once wrote that we should spend 20 minutes in nature a day unless we are too busy.  And, if we are too busy then we should make it an hour.  

Great snippets of wisdom in those two sentences.  

My quiet time outside observing what's all around me (without focus-stealing distractions like my phone) leaves me re-energized, calmer, grateful and more focused. Always. What are your favorite nature quotes? A few of mine are:

?Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians." (Chinese Proverb)

?"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

?Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  (Lao Tzu)

The last Lao Tzu quote above are words I read often - very often. It's all too easy to get caught up in our 90 mph worlds rushing around as if everything has to get done NOW. Some things do, of course, but most things -- well, not so much.  

So, redundancy in reading these and other nature quotes frequently is a great tool in my stress management tool box.

They make me aware of my hurriedness ​and my pace immediately calms down a notch or two.

Almost always -- I needed the reminder!

About the author 

Nancy Byerly Jones

Nancy Byerly Jones and her husband reside on their mountainside ranch (“Little Hee Haw Farm”) with an energetic “family” of horses, donkeys (large and miniature), dogs and cats. Their favorite pastime is sharing the joy and fun of their animals and ranch life with their family, friends and clients.

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