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Why write a letter to nature?
It’s easy to fall into the habit of chatting with people at the office, but that might be half of your life. Chances are you’ll have more conversations in the next year than you work weeks!
That means there’s a lot you could miss out on by focusing only on your job.
You can take steps to connect with your family and friends through text or phone calls, but what about going out to see someone’s new baby or visiting someone who is ill?
For a single person, maybe it makes sense to commit to meeting up once a week for coffee so you don’t miss important information. But if you’re part of a team, why not arrange a lunch hour visit to an art museum or community garden site to create a legacy of friendship?
Whatever you choose, keep doing things like this — sharing experiences with others–and they will start viewing you as a true friend.
Letters to nature are not email
There is a common belief that writing a letter to someone else is somehow “better” than sending them an email. People believe it has a greater impact, and they are probably right.
People have been talking online for years, but there hasn’t been a really good way to do this face-to-face. That is starting to change, like how we started doing letters to newspapers two decades ago, with people meeting in real life at movie theaters or coffee shops.
But today, digital technology makes it easier and easier to hold conversations. You can even make group chat calls using apps such as Line.
These things happen slowly, so you should start measuring the quality of your interactions by asking yourself if you were speaking to one person at length about what you want to say and then having everyone listening carefully to what others had to say.
It sounds funny saying something because you don’t know what to add to the conversation when everyone is speaking different levels. But actually think about how well you get along with people, and whether you feel comfortable giving commentary on other peoples’ thoughts.
Keep it short
The first thing to say about writing a nature letter is that you should only write one. It was created for an individual, not a family or group, so think about your closest friends and relatives before sending off yours for them.
That being said, there are sometimes too many opinions surrounding what natural beauty is. People have different levels of tolerance for pain and pleasure.
You can’t please everyone, and trying may come with further frustration when you don’t fulfill anyone’s expectations. Your loved ones know you well, and they also know better than anyone else what makes you happy.
They also know how much time and money you spend on each activity. If someone wants you to go hiking once every week in harsh weather conditions while their house is submerged in water, then they will be getting a lot of weekends to do so.
Don’t make yourself crazy by forcing yourself to do things because others want you to. Like any good friend, listen to what people want from your life, but consider if he or she deserves at the top spot.
Consider spending less time with others if you feel like you are constantly chipping away at their happiness level. We all love you, and we all care about you, so let us be!
Let yourself get angry or cry or deflate (in a healthy way), and give yourself a break. Write a note letting out whatever felt trapped inside you,
Say what you want to say
There’s a reason that letters were the first form of communication – before there was email, people wrote letters because they were free to put their heart into it.
It also required someone to read your letter, which is how messages decided who they wanted to send them. And some ways of communicating can be more sentimental than others.
With emails, for example, everyone has an equal chance to express their feelings about something. No one feels compelled to write a long sentence or even a paragraph.
With letters, especially if you are going through a book, you will have to commit to writing several paragraphs in order to get your message delivered.
Also, while computers become less necessary every day, there are still situations where we need human interaction to better ourselves and our communities. Don’t forget that the world isn’t always digital.
A nature note is anyone’s opinion written down regarding any issue (including issues within yourself) and detailing why you feel the way you do. It is only paper-and-a-pencil when taken together.
Comments such as “I felt depressed today so I am going to go outside and walk around for half an hour” may not really help you move forward. But walking away from your computer and sitting behind a desk for a little while can give you enough time to think about things and organize your thoughts.
Let your thoughts wind down
A nature letter is an enjoyable way to tell stories about or praise nature, especially when you live in a city. They can be written by anyone- from urban farmers to kids who go camping in the woods.
These letters are written FROM THE HEART. Not everything requires that you put it on paper. Only write if you feel ized like you should say something!
The idea is to let your thoughts wind down after work or on your lunch break, during those quiet moments. Think about what you want to say and then express yourself.
Letting out your inner thinking can help you have better control of your emotions. You will also need only one person to talk to – no one can spend hours trying to convince someone else to understand their point of view.
Practicing communication with others may just allow you to gain more understanding of them and they might even learn how to communicate easier themselves. No two people speak English, nor do they think in similar ways.
Finding ways to speak each other’s language could solve many quarrels over things we don’t mean to say but instead say because we were thinking about it and not listening well.
A helpful guide for writing nature notes would be as follows. First, choose a story format/topic to discuss. Second, start with some elements of nature (sky, trees, plants, etc.) and third, include ideas applicable to both earth and sky. Finally,
Finish with a blessing
Writing letters is a very basic writing technique that can be helpful in numerous ways. Letters are easy to write and allow for much information, which may help you in your quest to become more connected to nature.
There are many well-known letter writers such as Henry David Thoreau, who used the simple act of correspondence to retreat from the world and focus on his own thoughts.
The beauty of the electronic age has made it possible to connect with others anytime, anywhere through written messages. Many people use these connections to communicate over large distances via email, chat, text message, or Twitter.
However, technology cannot always solve problems. Even if there was an internet connection, someone might not have access to a computer or they could not locate a signal. Letters remain reliable long before computers were invented.
Furthermore, emails can sometimes be forgotten about when they should be delivered, or notifications are missed because one wasn’t paying attention. With a letter, once it is received, it is held until it is read. And when it’s being read, there is no way to miss anything. Both parties must receive the letter so each can claim what is said within.
Another benefit of letters is they are cheaper than phone calls. You can write several things down while calling something and speaking freely without thinking too hard. On the other hand, a short note is better than a lengthy speech.
Finally, letters are known
Bring your letter to nature
A nature letter is a message written by you, describing your experience in the natural world that you have access to (usually within walking or biking distance). You can write yours anywhere that you like!
That includes your home, if you live in an urban area; near fields or forests; or in between both. It may also include a message for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of what it means to be human, such as our impact on the environment, other people, and ourselves.
Some people call them “nature journals” but they are really just personal letters to someone specific – yourself or a loved one.
This concept was popularized in a 1996 book called Dear Me By Living Then Love Now By Venera Miller which detailed her experiences with wellness practices. Other versions contain only the inner most thoughts of the author/reader.
Miller states that this format helps us discover more about whom we am than what we know, making the writing process easier and less stressful.
Enjoy your letter
Even if you’re not particularly good at writing, it’s worth carving out some time to enjoy your nature letter.
Don’t worry about being poetic or telling a story–you will share something of value to yourself by doing so.
You want people to feel like they are connecting with you, which can be done through the subject matter of the letters. You also need to put effort into it.
It requires work and energy to write a letter as well as deliver it.
But all of these things help make the experience more enjoyable. Also, writing a letter is a great way to learn another language (or two).
Anyone can repeat someone else‘s theory over email, but putting your thoughts down on paper takes text mastery to produce.
Have fun and use your best handwriting!
Your letter should be written in an informal style, without too many official words or phrases. For example, replace these with photos:
“To whom it may concern:
Email me any time you want to hear about my recent health care conference visit. I think this was the most fun I’ve had in months.
See you later!”
With a photo of a smiling woman added to the end of your letter. Or try writing her email address on a pumpkin so that visitors can pick their own nature letters for future correspondence.
There are thousands of ways to personalize your letter. Photo collages make great stationary choices, but you could also hand-write a letter on paper using your own handwriting or even add photos to posters. And if you’re going to use business stationery, now is the time to invest in some cool gadgets to take pictures.
For example, buy a reusable selfie stick/monopod to enhance your digital images. Add a small piece of plastic under the lens to give an out-of-this-world feel.
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