This past Saturday morning, I lay in bed and listened to one of my favorite organic gardening podcasts about acorns. Yes, acorns. I had been especially interested in this story because the backyard (and front yard) of our new house was completely covered in them. Way more than what we thought was there just a year ago when we moved in.
We were wondering if we had missed something. Well we didn’t. Turns out, this year has been a mast year for maples, which means that they’ve produced an abundance of acorns.
These not so little seeds are an intrinsic part of our ecosystem. No, they’re not just headaches (literally when they fall on your head), acorns are the telltale signs for an increase or decrease in rodents such as mice, squirrels and chipmunks (even though I can’t bring myself to call chipmunks rodents), song birds, ticks, Gypsy Moths, and Lyme disease! Who knew?
What I found most intriguing was that as humans, we feel like we know so much, that we understand everything, and that this Earth that we’re living on is something to live on, not with.
Mother Nature balances herself while us humans, as smart as we are, can’t seem to figure out all the pieces to the puzzle until years later and then even years later, we find even more connections. What was even more fascinating to me was that not only are we most likely in the dark when it comes to Mother Nature’s agenda, but that it all works without us even intervening.
This thought reminded me to trust nature and my own instincts. Nature is constantly changing, evolving, nourishing, all while remaining true to itself. Our natural instincts are reminiscent of Mother Nature. When we stay true to ourselves and allow ourselves to let go, trust, change, evolve, and nourish others, and ourselves it’s at those moments when we feel at peace. Just like the great maple in your backyard changing colors, allowing the leaves and acorns to fall to grow and support new life.
It’s ok to let go. It’s ok to evolve. Listen to Mother Nature’s calling deep inside you to help you find your way.