You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes… That’s the reason a bird can sing, on his darkest day, he believes in spring. – Douglas Malloch
American poet Douglas Malloch encourages us to believe in the power of optimism. These wise words also make me think of how often nature inspires us. This little finch makes me smile, but paired with Malloch’s motivating words I am reminded of the power of positive thinking…and of the power of nature to uplift and motivate us.
Wise Words Wednesdays: Celebrating the birthdays of two wise nature lovers-Jane Goodall and John Burroughs
Happy Birthday to Jane Goodall and John Burroughs!
Jane Goodall’s amazing work with chimpanzees opened a world of understanding about these magnificent and complex primates. Goodall travels frequently, speaking about conservation and the power we all have to make a positive change in the world.
American naturalist and writer John Burroughs died in 1921, but left a legacy of inspiring works on nature.
To honor Goodall and Burroughs on their birthdays, here are some wise words they have given to nature and wildlife lovers everywhere:
If we kill off the wild, we are killing a part of our souls. – Jane Goodall
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put back in order. – John Burroughs
To learn more about Jane Goodall and her conservation and preservation efforts, check out the Jane Goodall Institute. The John Burroughs Association website includes photos of the cabin where the naturalist did much of his writing and entertaining of some very famous guests.
It’s Wise Words Wednesday and I have a great quote about nature to share with you today! Hope your week is moving along nicely. Mine started a bit bumpy…and rainy…but I am optimistic as always.
The wise words this week are from Albert Einstein. I’ll just go ahead and tell you, without shame, that I have a geek crush on Albert Einstein. An Einstein bobblehead is on my desk…one of his quotes is on my office door. Anyway…there is a wonderful quote in H. Eves’ Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977) in which Einstein encourages humans to embrace nature. Eves writes that the context for the quote is a letter written by Einstein in 1950 to a rabbi. The rabbi’s teenage daughter was unconsolable after the death of her sister, the rabbi’s older daughter. He was not able to comfort his daughter with religious theology and was hoping Einstein could give him advice. Here is what the scientist wrote in reply:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977).