Pen in hand, clenched fist, pages fluttering in the breeze. Sitting straighter, I glance up, sure the ideas in my head will return...hoping, praying. My jaw is clenched. I can't help it. A teeny sigh lifts my chest and escapes into the air. I refuse to say it's writer's block. No. Not me.
The tip of the pen anxiously weaves through my hair, perches behind my ear. I scroll through the files inside my head, the ones of possible storylines. I close my notebook and gaze over the railing of my front porch. The wind picks up as smoky clouds blot my horizon. I feel the first mist of rain brush the tips of my bare toes. The first droplet teeters on the railing.
The sounds of NATURE can clear the mind and clean out the cobwebs of everyday life. It can be the clatter of a massive storm or the whisper of leaves rustling in the dainty touch of a zephyr. I have a few coveted sounds that take me out of myself and all that's distracting me.
The patter of water has always been a favorite of mine. There's a freedom in it's power, whether a simple misting or a flagrant thunder storm. I even have recordings of rainstorms on my laptop. Hit the iTunes button, and I'm in the midst of Mother Nature's voice.
What I like about the wind is the reaction of all around it. Just like the rain, whether strong or soft it has a voice, something to say. My favorite is watching leaves of newly budding trees wave in response to the wind passing by. I--me being quirky me--wonder what they're chatting about.
3) BIRDS, FROGS, AND...BUGS
Yeah, I know the word *BUGS* probably doesn't conjure the most attractive or mind stimulating image; however, when I listen to them on a warm summer's night I always have new thoughts. It's like they pull me into their world. Maybe it's a part of their purpose. Get me to see beyond myself.
Are you a nature lover? Tell us. What element of nature relaxes you?
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