By Naomie Happi
“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.” – Eckhart Tolle
From the tiniest of flowers to the more majestic mountains, nature has constantly nourished and supported humanity for centuries. Conservationists, all over the world have taken the economical shutdown as a window of opportunity to help raise environmental awareness. In a recent interview in the daily newspaper – The Guardian, Brett Hartl, the director of the Center of biological diversity (CBD) said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As we spend trillions to bail out the economy, we must also address habitat loss and the wildlife trade so future pandemics become less likely,” If we all make a decision today to advocate for world conservation, then we can help preserve the world for the future generations and as we continue to preserve the environment, we unknowingly begin to draw valuable lessons from it.
When l was in high school, going on a field trip was always an exciting excursion, mainly because my classmates and l would always jump at any opportunity given, as long as it meant that rest of the day, we could leave behind the classroom, our school books and anything associated with learning. I remember in particular one English field trip. On that day, for some reason, my classmates and l were under the false impression that we were going to use the school bus and have a long ride just to get to this field trip. Little had we known that we were only taking a brief walk downstairs to the school’s recreational centre for a lesson outside, on descriptive writing. You can imagine how unimpressed we were, our excited facial expressions quickly turned into upside-down smiles as we unwillingly dragged ourselves to what turned out to be one of the best English lessons ever.
Descriptive writing is a specific style of writing which an author uses to help paint a picture of their surroundings, objects, time, emotions and places. To practice our descriptive writing we were given an exercise to descriptively write an essay based on our surroundings. At first, glance we thought this exercise would be a walk in the park, but for a bunch of 13-year-olds, it was quite the challenge to find descriptive words for a tree other than it is tall, green and big. As l think back to such a time, l realise that this is often our usual impression of nature. When we become too accustomed to situations or objects we fail to recognise how timeless their beauty is. Besides learning how to use descriptive writing in our essays during that English field trip, l think the other purpose of the lesson was to teach us the value of observing and appreciating our surroundings. As hard as it is to believe, we could learn a lot from them.
Nature is indeed magnificent, and unknowingly we learn a lot from it. The sunrise teaches us that beyond all the darkness and the hopeless situations in our lives, the light will still prevail, there is always hope at the end of the tunnel. The trees, not only cover us with shade during the hot summers or provide us with firewood to keep us warm during the cold Zimbabwean winters, but their uniquely bent structures teach us that although we may find ourselves bending backwards and forwards to make ends meet when push comes to shove, we will be able to stand upright as tall as a tree despite our bends. The plants appear so effortlessly beautiful upon the surface of the earth, yet their roots have to dig deep into the ground to search for nutrition. We too should dig deep within ourselves, to find that which nourishes and uplifts our soul and spirit.
Spend some time outside today to observe and learn from nature. Comment down below to let us know what you think we can learn from nature. Also, take some time to visit our Farm & Garden page to find out more about the types of plants you may consider having in your garden or backyard.