Nature Calling

This week in my literature class we have been reading poetry, and I have been focusing particularly on William Wordsworth. His poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” has had a profound effect on me this week. For anyone who has never read this poem, you can read it here.

The heart of the poem is that nature is good for the soul. I discovered this meaning as I was sitting on the couch staring at a glowing IPad screen trying to write a blog post about it. Talk about irony.

It occurred to me that I haven’t spent much time outside in the last few weeks. Instead I have been holed up waiting for winter to end and staring at a glowing screen while working on school work. I am realizing what a toll this has taken on my soul. I have been cranky and tired and frankly, bored. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving school, but sometimes I feel like I am tied to my IPad in a way that is a little unhealthy – especially last week during midterms.

I finally decided that I didn’t care if it was cold, I was still going to bundle up the kids and go run around in the backyard. Of course, the fresh air and exercise was just as good for them as it was for me. I felt energized the entire day and decided that even if it’s pouring rain, I am still going to at least go sit on my back porch once every day. I know it’s silly that it took a poem by a long dead poet to shake me out of my funk, but it did. So do yourself a favor, stop reading this blog post and go outside! It will do you a world of good.

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2 thoughts on “Nature Calling

  1. Meg you have inspired me to get out from behind my laptop and go into the backyard. Boy this blogging and writing takes me way longer than I usually plan for…I get obsessed with it and the day just slips away. Thanks for your insights and comments. I appreciate them and the reminder that it’s time to get out there!!!! Where ever there is. JJ

  2. Thanks JJ! I was hoping to inspire someone else to step away from the technology, however briefly. It’s amazing how easy it is sometimes to start working on a post or checking your e-mail, and the next thing you know it has been three hours. Technology is a tool, and shouldn’t be allowed such a place of prominence in our lives. Maybe you should blog outside (weather permitting).

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Nature Calling

This week in my literature class we have been reading poetry, and I have been focusing particularly on William Wordsworth. His poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” has had a profound effect on me this week. For anyone who has never read this poem, you can read it here.

The heart of the poem is that nature is good for the soul. I discovered this meaning as I was sitting on the couch staring at a glowing IPad screen trying to write a blog post about it. Talk about irony.

It occurred to me that I haven’t spent much time outside in the last few weeks. Instead I have been holed up waiting for winter to end and staring at a glowing screen while working on school work. I am realizing what a toll this has taken on my soul. I have been cranky and tired and frankly, bored. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving school, but sometimes I feel like I am tied to my IPad in a way that is a little unhealthy – especially last week during midterms.

I finally decided that I didn’t care if it was cold, I was still going to bundle up the kids and go run around in the backyard. Of course, the fresh air and exercise was just as good for them as it was for me. I felt energized the entire day and decided that even if it’s pouring rain, I am still going to at least go sit on my back porch once every day. I know it’s silly that it took a poem by a long dead poet to shake me out of my funk, but it did. So do yourself a favor, stop reading this blog post and go outside! It will do you a world of good.

20130218-010218.jpg

2 thoughts on “Nature Calling

  1. Meg you have inspired me to get out from behind my laptop and go into the backyard. Boy this blogging and writing takes me way longer than I usually plan for…I get obsessed with it and the day just slips away. Thanks for your insights and comments. I appreciate them and the reminder that it’s time to get out there!!!! Where ever there is. JJ

  2. Thanks JJ! I was hoping to inspire someone else to step away from the technology, however briefly. It’s amazing how easy it is sometimes to start working on a post or checking your e-mail, and the next thing you know it has been three hours. Technology is a tool, and shouldn’t be allowed such a place of prominence in our lives. Maybe you should blog outside (weather permitting).

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