At One Leadership we often hear of the benefits that spending time in nature has for people who are dealing with complicated things: providing inspiration and relaxation; a space to think, perhaps to blow off steam or maybe be still, seeing the passing seasons turn, understanding a bigger context for things and finding metaphors that help reveal insights and answers to what is going on in life and at work.
What could some time in a natural space do for you?
And on another level, simply the act of appreciation in the swiftness of life can help. This day, this moment will pass. Amongst the challenges and fears you face in a day, what acts, big or small, are happening that are special, heartfelt or simply wonderful? It may be something that happens every year, every day, or even many times a day – but, when you take a moment, you realise.
As we look out at the bright sunshine and dazzling colours of spring (and local bluebells) that have arrived here in the UK, we recalled the words of A E Houseman from “A Shropshire Lad”:
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my three score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
One of the joys of poetry is that it speaks to us each differently, and often in multiple ways and at different levels. How does this one speak to you?
Whether it’s to a person, a team, a loved one or something beautiful you see or experience – it’s surprising how uplifting it is to take a moment, to notice, and to give and receive a little appreciation.