Nature & Nurture

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A breeze blew, peeping through the openings, of that glass window, its fragrance, sparked a trail of memories, in which thoughts flew, one after the other, unlocking wonders, streaming through my mind. ~ Micro poem by — M. Faizan

Wow, it was really a cool breeze beside my table that opened up my mind to write this post. I looked through the window and there was a sunset, my house faces towards to the West, so i am lucky to see the sunset in the evenings and feel a perfect sunburn in the afternoon…Lol. There are also some tall buildings that blocked my perfect view.

I began to think, that how we are a part of the nature and its beauty that surrounds us, how it affects us, our mood, our emotions, our feelings and our mindset. In that brief moment when i felt the fragrance of the breeze, i felt connected to the nature and my surroundings. An incredible feeling which made me realize that i can feel this all the time when i want to. I felt in a similar way the most after i had watched Avatar and realized that indeed we are connected to the nature around us, but that feeling lasted for a short while. So i had to feel and experience this on my own to develop it. And it was indeed amazing.

Thoughts wandered through my mind with feelings from my heart. I felt that how the nature in reality nurtures us, its like a mother which God has provided us with. We never stop growing throughout our lives. We need the the fresh air to be processed in our blood, we need the sunlight to break down the essential Vitamin D and the other nutritions, we the need the energy from the food to keep working, where does it all come from ??. Its all a part of this Nature and all of these things come from it. I wish & hope that everyone could feel like this, feel how we all are a part of this wonderful planet, connected to each other.

But Man,  so many times, thinks of himself to be superior, powerful, conquering, controlling and above all else. I do agree that God has blessed us humans with great power and strength, but it is not meant for destroying and exploiting the the gifts that we have been blessed with. But we have been provided with this strength to protect this planet and its creatures, to care about them and this is the right way in which we are needed to use our abilities, our talents, our capabilities and our powers. We all can use the natures gift in a way that is enough to meet our needs. That’s the first thing we can do.

There are tall trees, the beautiful flowers, the magnificent singing birds, the squeaking rodents, the whispering cold breeze and so much more.

But Man just keeps exploiting all of this, wiping down entire forest lands in the greed for money, power and profits, not realizing the impact that it has on our ecosystem, that how the soil gets loose due to the roots of the trees being removed from it, that how so many species of birds would have to migrate to another place to find a suitable home and how the animals around loose their natural habitat a place which they consider as their home. How would Man feel if a place he calls home is wrongfully just snatched away from him, destroyed, wouldn’t he feel hurt, enraged, lost and lonely!. The birds of paradise are barely seen anymore, they were shot down, one by one, ruthlessly for the sake of sport, entertainment and money, the magnificent beauty they flew by are not seen in our blue skies anymore

The Nature is screaming and shouting for our help, telling us to stop this exploitation, in olden times people would drink pure water from the wells and springs which would be filled with the natural minerals which form due to the process of sedimentation as water slowly seeped into the ground. Now we are not even privileged to have that type of water, the  ground water is now contaminated with chemicals released from plastic and contaminants released from factories which seeps into the ground, with arsenic, with all sorts of pollutants. The air is no more fresh as it used to be. The crops that we consume grows with the help of fertilizers and pesticides which again the soil and the crops absorb, a reason why we are not as healthy as people 100 years before us used to be.

Due to the pollution in air, we get irritated, annoyed, many times our minds are not clear, people get disturbed and frustrated easily due to the noise pollution, its not something weird, its natural, all of these pollutants release chemicals in our body in a different pattern than which it rather should be. Try going to a park for a while, breathe deeply and calmly there, you will feel the difference, the peace of mind, a different feeling, a strength from within.

People are trying to reduce the exploitation being done to this planet, the number of people standing up for mother nature maybe less, but its not that our numbers matter, its the intention that we stand for, its far more greater, priceless and valuable than just money and base profits, we are fighting for preserving that we have been gifted by God, something that we are made to do, its our duty and our responsibility.

A Tiger's gentleness for its young one. This image is the copyright of National Geographic Society

Don’t you like it to watch, that how a ferocious, powerful & feared animal like a Tiger, picking up its young ones by her mouth with such gentleness and care, the elephants playing with water, the colorful frogs hunting for their prey, the soaring kite flying with such swiftness and gliding through the wind. The calm streams, releasing the slow sound of the water flowing, the waves on a shore crashing on the rocks, the green leaves reflecting the sunlight and just so much more that my words can’t even describe.

Wouldn’t you like to wake up on a cold morning, wrapped up in a blanket and watch the sun rise with a cup of hot tea/coffee in your hand, watch the sun set on the beach with the sparkling blue water reflecting the blazing amber light of the setting sun, watching a loved one play around the flowers with butterflies, feel the breeze refreshing our minds & our senses, having a picnic in a park with family and friends, enjoying nature as we chat with them.

The beauty of the nature, the wonderful feelings we get from it and the joy in the environment, slowly, its all disappearing. I fear a time when we won’t be able to feel all of this, not because we wouldn’t want to feel, but because these things wouldn’t exist at that time. So think about it, what ever little effort you can, move towards in preserving the environment, go ahead.

Its what our planet needs. We have been given so much & we continue receiving the wonderful gifts of nature and also using them, we are not prevented from using them for our needs, but now its time that we do something little to pay it back to our Nature & mother Earth.

Its not about the impact an individual’s actions have in the first go, but, its  the impression and the ripple of thoughts of that persons act leaves on the others ~ M. Faizan.

As M. K. Gandhi rightfully said : “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”

And as i heard from a Taoist saying, ‘We are all one’ and ‘All creatures low and high are one with nature. No life is insignificant’.

So what do you think about this post, what do you feel about nature and us being an integral part of it, our responsibilities towards it, i’d love to know your thoughts, ideas and opinions in the comments and i sincerely Thank all of you for taking out time to read this post :D! Happy Earth Day to all :).


14 thoughts on “Nature & Nurture

    • Thank You so very much Danielle :D!! Wow, that’s wonderful, u’re one of the first people to comment here, always. Thank You so much once again my friend, that means a lot to me :D!! And i am so glad u liked my post :D!

  1. I do feel that we need to be more aware of nature and nurture it. Too often we see large swaths of trees or forest cut down and replaced with industry or agriculture. So much is lost when we change these ecosystems, even with all our current knowledge we, as humans, can’t comprehend the larger picture regarding how integrated mother nature is. Losing even the smallest celled system can have a huge impact on larger more complex ecosystems.

    • Yes, i agree with you. There is just so much forest land being cut down that too at such a great pace. Yes, its like a chain reaction, the amount of loss we suffer by cutting down these forest lands, we ourselves cannot comprehend. So is happening due to the temperature changes in the sea, the plankton are dying out, planktons serve as source of food for so many small wishes & even some whales. Its getting difficult for larger animals like these to survive. Thank you so much for taking out time to read my blog and commenting on it :D! I greatly appreciate it :D!!

    • Yes, nature has such a wonderful beauty of its own which feels so amazing & peaceful :D! And yes, through Nature God keeps on giving us so much we need. You’re so very welcome Veronica & i should be the one Thanking You for taking out time to read my blog & commenting on it :D!! I greatly appreciate it :D!

  2. All very very true! When my kids were young there was some ‘cartoon’ on TV that depicted huge companies tearing down rain forests to build ‘things’. They said it was ‘progress’. I sat there thinking, progress??!! Looking around many years later since seeing that cartoon there were so many things that was wrong with that message of ‘progress’. What is going on in today’s world and our environment? People that have not been concerned are suddenly concerned. Better late than never I suppose.

    As I was driving in my car with the window opened a little just the other day and waiting at a stop light I smelled something. I opened the window more and sniffed the air. Sweetness filled my car. I had a few moments to look around before the light turned green and noticed how many Spring flowers were coming up and filling the air with incredible sweetness. I felt happy and was glad that people had taken the time to plant such beautiful things just in time for Earth Day. Happy Earth Day!

    • Yes, better late than never. But in this ‘late’ man has laid so much destruction & waste upon this beautiful planet!! Yes, indeed, the sweet scent of the spring breeze just captures our heart & our mind, its so refreshing and the colors of the flowers bring in the brightness to our mood. God has really blessed us with the wonderful gifts of Nature, now its time we try to protect and conserve it, not only for our well being, but also the well being of our future generations.
      Thank you so much for taking out time to read my blog & commenting on it, means a lot to me :D! A Very Happy Earth Day and Good Friday to you too my friend :D!

    • Thank You so very much Magali for always taking out time to read & comment on my blog :D!! Your kind words really mean so much to me :)). Its wonderful to have people like you also :D!!

  3. Faizan, wonderful post!!! Cant be more agree! I remember in school I did a composition about such a topic an I remember coming across: ‘Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us’. by Frederick Engels

    • Thank you so much for commenting here Olya :D!! I am so glad to know u liked it :D!! Yes indeed, people fail to understand, that nature is not against us, and its not an obstacle for us, but the fact that the nature is on our side, we have to take care of it, we have been blessed with power, a free will and such great strength to protect the nature, not destroy it. Its amazing to see people like you who care so much about the environment :D! My honor that you commented here 🙂

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