Today’s post is by a guest writer and good friend of mine, Austin Homkes. Austin will be periodically writing for this blog in the upcoming months! Hope you enjoy!
“What if everyone took a minute, an hour, a day, or dare I say weekend to go out into the pockets of wilderness set aside for just that purpose. How would the world, in particular change, if leaders of our society went out to a peaceful lake with sun glinting off its crest before they made a decision? I think the world would be a very different place. I’m talking both about time in nature and time in reflection. It seems when we slow down to appreciate nature we start to value it. These values run deeper than the woods, leaves, fish, birds, and insects that flutter about us. A sense of value for all things suddenly align when our values order themselves the way one orders their priorities when in nature. In the outdoors the littlest, most insignificant things matter the most and make up the foundation for all life. Ecosystems thrive from the bottom up and it is recognized that the greatest achievements like forests, meadows, and tundra are made possible only by those who lie in the cracks, the microscopic, the insignificant. If individuals thought this way in today’s world, things might be different, things might change for the better. All this starts with a personal choice. Go outside today and sit, in the park, in the back forty, in the national park. Just sit, gather what matters there and then apply what you find to life, to the world.”