First off, a big apology is in order for not posting on Nature Nimbus for so long. I'm really sorry for the inactivity... Before I was trying to get back into the swing of creative writing with a private blog, but then ended up neglecting the nature stuff, and as things got kind of hectic it became all too convenient to settle for a short creative piece. (No references need to be checked on those, either).
Nevertheless, in these past few months I have been educated far more on the topic of sustainable development and the link between environmental issues and poverty, which there will be more about later.
One of the things so wonderful about nature is that it crosses the objective and subjective, between what is and what could be. Personally I am far more naturally inclined to the subjective, the what could be and all that jazz, but I know many other environmentalist who deeply love nature and are more inclined to being factual. It is not limited to one, but the environmental movement actually requires both.
How much must you grow to live with your head in the clouds and feet on the ground?
(Second off, this is by no means a scientific nor objective article, though it is very much about nature).
Trees are homes. Squirrels, birds, fungi, insects, bacteria... they have life. At the same time they are a place for the dead. Trees have been a place of solace for me, a place to go and find life even when I feel dead. As trees go through their seasons and their phases, they will often come to a point where they appear dead. Leaves long lost to winter winds and all signs of life fallen asleep, they may not look alive at all, but there is still life in their phloem.
A friend of mine and retired member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority once said that sometimes he likes to simply grip around the trunk of a young tree, and feel the life in it. He also said that his favorite bird is a cardinal. It's common, but it's not about the rarity, but about the way his beautiful red colour makes you feel.
What I'm coming to here is this challenge: climb a tree.
It doesn't have to be a tall tree, it could be one branch, it could involve a ladder and simply hanging on.
Keep hanging on.