Accepting the Gifts from Nature

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Nature gives us many gifts and I know that I don’t always notice them.   Each morning, the sun rises and lights up the sky with beautiful colors.  Some days I am looking out the window and notice it.  More often than not, I am rushing around trying to get things ready for the kids or myself to get the day started. It would really only take a few minutes for me to stop in front of the window and watch the sun rise.  Most days, it just doesn’t happen.

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Accepting the Gifts from Nature

I’m sure you’ve probably seen those cute new Planters’ Peanuts commercials where Mr. Peanut talks about the Power of the Peanut.  My favorite is the Gifts of Nature commercial where he talks about accepting the gifts from nature.  Planters’ Peanuts are wholesome snacks that are a gift from nature.  That commercial got me thinking.  Why don’t we notice and accept the gifts from nature in our lives?

I chose to live in rural Vermont because of the beautiful location and opportunity to be closer to nature.  We have ducks, chickens, gardens and fruit trees.  I find myself going through each day being so rushed and frrazzled that I miss most of the gifts that nature is giving me.  Autumn was nearly over before I noticed how gorgeous the colors of the leaves were in the back yard.  For me it’s all about slowing down enough to enjoy them so I thought I’d share a few tips that are helping me accept the gifts from nature.

  • Unplug – Turn off the television and the radio.  Turn off your cell phone, computer and tablet. I know. It’s hard.
  • Don’t Multi-task while you’re trying to enjoy nature. Devote all of your senses to what you’re experiencing.
  • Close Your Eyes – Block out what you’re seeing and breathe deeply. Do you smell the fresh cut grass, the roses on the rose bush, the fallen leaves?
  • Enjoy the gifts from nature “as is”.  Pop a handful of delicious Planters’ peanuts in your mouth. They need nothing extra added to them. They are delicious as is. What a perfect snack.

accepting the gifts of nature

Harnessing the power of the peanut is about accepting the gifts that nature gives us:  six essential nutrients and protein.  But you gotta eat the peanut to accept the gifts that nature gave us. Let’s get wholesome up here and eat the peanut! Two perfect halves, in it for the long haul. Watch the video to learn more.

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Comments

  1. Nature is definitely a powerful force in my life and we should appreciate all things that it provides, including the lovely peanut!
  2. Kelsey Apley says
    I haven't seen the commerical you were talking about! We live in Kansas and their is lots of empty fields full of nature, and that is what I love :-)! 
  3. Love this! And... we had the chance to visit Vermont over the summer.. it doesn't get any better than that. Such a beautiful state.   We also live in a wooded area in Rhode Island... some days I want to scream because of the leaves and pine pitch on my car.. but I really should take more time to appreciate the beauty. The fall foliage is simply amazing here too!
  4. Yes, I definitely do. And I love that picture.
  5. What a great post! Appreciating nature is so good for our health and well-being. We live in a big city, but our house backs up to a forest. Sometimes I need to just relax and sit in our backyard and be surround by the trees and peacefulness.
  6. These are some very good tips. Sounds very therapeutic and something to put on the to-do list before it gets too cold!! I have such a hard time turning off my multi-tasking brain. Maybe I will convince the hubs to leave our phones at home and head to the woods this weekend!!
  7. Grace Hodgin says
    This was a cute video and there is a lot of nutrition in natural products we get from the earth.
  8. Lolli @ Better in Bulk says
    I completely agree with your tips for enjoying FULLY the gifts that nature has for us. I especially love the tip to not multi-task. So often, I feel like I have to multi-task, but I really would be better off focusing on one thing at a time.
  9. I try and spend at least 20 minutes in the morning sitting outside, enjoying the quiet, and taking in the nature around me. I find it very calming.
  10. I try to but the busyness of life catches up quickly at times!
  11. No, I know I am not. I am usually trying to spend all my time multitasking and spend most of my time stressed out!
  12. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    When I take myself out of the moment and really look around, I definitely feel it and reflect on it. But on a minute by minute basis, it's all rushy-rushy round here.
  13. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    Beautiful! As much as I complain about it, I do like the change of seasons. After living in a development for years, we finally live on 10 park-like acres, so I do look or step outside and take it all the beauty and count my blessings. I've never been to Vermont. I've got to get there one of these days! Thanks for sharing! :)
  14. Tough Cookie Mommy says
    The change of seasons is beautiful but we actually dread it in this home due to all of us having asthma and allergies.  The change of season really triggers asthma attacks, unfortunately.
  15. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
    Vermont is on my bucket list. I heard it's so gorgeous. I love the change of season, if I ever move will definitely be up north!
  16. I'm making a choice to grab my camera not my phone and capturing the gifts of nature w my family. It's hard - I'm an iPhone junkie!
  17. Dorothy Teel says
    How pretty of a picture, leaves are starting to turn here in Oklahoma, should be a pretty fall because we did get a fair share of rain this summer. I love watching the deer and squirrels everyday on my property and it is relaxing. You are right we need to slow down and enjoy the gifts of nature and we would all be more relaxed.

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