Nature is an Integral Part of Our Lives

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Nature is an integral part of our lives. But even while we appreciate the blessings she bestows on us, we forget that we are plundering her treasures and thereby denying our children the pleasure of enjoying nature in all her abundance and variety in the future. The beauty of nature has been extolled in the works of poets and artists. When Wordsworth describes the daffodils dancing in the breeze or when our eyes alight on a painting by William Turner, our hearts are filled with an indescribable emotion. If a mere representation can move us so much, imagine the power of the real thing. If you have seen Massachusetts during fall season when the leaves turn yellow, ochre, and red, you can never forget it in your lifetime. Nature has myriad facets. It keeps changing from season to season, from minute to minute. If the sea was a bright blue in the morning, by noon it has become an emerald green hue. The colors of the sky keep changing throughout the day, from pale pink at dawn to a dazzling blue at mid morning and a bright orange by sunset and purple by twilight. Nature reflects our moods. When the sun shines, we feel happy and hopeful. When the skies cloud over and the rain falls in torrents, we feel pensive. A balmy moonlit night can awaken the lover in us. Such is the transformative power of natures beauty. In the movie, The Silence of the Lambs, the cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lector who is in a maximum security prison tells Clarice Starling, the FBI officer, that he wants to be transferred to a facility where he can have a room with a window that looks out on the sky. Even evil surrenders before the beauty of nature. It has been observed that patients in hospital recover faster if they are in a room with windows that offer a pleasant view. Beyond providing pure pleasure, natures beauty can therefore offer therapy for sick minds and bodies. So it is all the more essential that we do our best to preserve it for future generations. Every time we cut down a tree, every time an oil spill despoils the ocean, let us remember that we are destroying the most precious inheritance we can leave behind for our children.

Colors in natureThe world of nature is colorful and bright and human ingenuity cannot hope to match it. Right from the sky above to the sea below, nature abounds in the richness of color. The human eye and the human mind respond to this world of color and identify themselves with it. When a person is cheerful and bright we refer to him as a 'colorful personality', similarly the different colors are used to indicate human moods and attitudes: blue is associated with depression, white is likened with serenity, green with jealousy and red with rage. Color is also used to relieve tension. Psychologists have investigated the effect of colour on the working ability of workers and have come to the conclusion that certain colors are more conducive to Positive thinking than others. Nature fulfils man's longing for color: there is variety in everything. The sky can be clear and blue, it can be dark with clouds, it reflects the glory of the rising sun and the variegated hues of the setting sun. The sea which is normally associated with blue is not really so all the time. The sea water can he blue, green, grey and many more subtle shades and even the rivers and streams reflect the surrounding area and acquire that colour. Coleridge's poem 'The Ancient Mariner' is rich in its description of the world of nature. People who do not observe are not able to notice the finer shades and are consequently not able to enjoy this valuable side of life. In the west, seasonal changes bring in changes in the landscape. While spring is rich with colour, autumn provides a restful view to the eye with its soft browns and ripe greens and winter brings in the whiteness of snow along with its stillness conveying the effect of sleepiness and hibernation. And if on the one hand there is joy and vivacity in spring, there is coolness in the abundance of the green forests, and a challenge in the dark rocks of the mountains and an immensity in the vast, barren stretches of sand. On the question of birds, I have discovered that in their world there are endless color combinations. If green and grey birds mate, the new born chick has a lovely soft green color; if yellow and blue mate the chicks may be either a heightened blue or a softened yellow. No painter's effort can successfully capture the elusive world of nature. Nature's world of color, especially among the animals, has a deeper purpose than there variety. The colour of animals helps them to successfully camouflage themselves. If the toad is brown and mingles with the color of the earth, the frog merges with the green colour of the scum. The polar bear is white but not so the tropical bear. Fishes also have the ability to change colour in order to mingle with their surroundings as do some birds like the willow ptarmigan. Lizards also have different colors according to their surroundings - a desert lizard will be sand-colored while a lizard in a heavy monsoon area will be of greenish hue. Butterflies and insects also share this characteristic. This is not to say that animals and birds do not have bright colors which contrast with their surroundings. This also has a purpose. The bright colors of the peacock are not only a pleasure to the human eye but they also push the peahen into obscurity and offer her greater protection. A male bird may display some brilliant coloration to scare a rival. The Chinese ringnecked pheasant does exactly this, he puffs out his red pouches on the side of his neck when confronted by another male. Thus color does not only give pleasure, it also has a purpose. Imagine life without the color of

nature! It would indeed be dull and monotonous: the sparkle of life will not he there. Color also has brought up problems. The whole problem of racial discrimination is connected with the color of the human skin. Men are hidebound in their narrow beliefs and have not yet learnt to value the variety of color and have not understood nature's purpose behind this.

The Secret of Happiness578 words essay on The Secret of Happiness. It is said, Laugh and the world laughs with you. If you weep, you weep alone. So, the secret of happiness lies in having an aptitude for happiness. The aptitude can be developed through training of the mind by constantly reminding it of the positive aspects of life. One and the same occasion or incident can be interpreted by two different persons in two different ways positively by the one and negatively by the other. The former is bound to be happy; the latter cannot escape melancholy. Browning has said Gods in this heaven and alls right with the world. This is high optimism which is the genesis of true happiness. This universe is very vast and varied. Nature spreads all around us in full bloom. It is only for us to behold it and we Eire richly rewarded if we do so. Our reward is joy, everlasting happiness! We should develop the attitude to realize that whatever happens for our good. I do not choose the best; the best chooses me, says Tagore in Stray Birds. Even if clouds of sorrow darken our lives sometimes, we should not feel depressed. We should remember the immortal words of the famous English poet, Shelley: If winter comes, can spring be far behind? Much of misery in life comes also because of ill health. So, the children must be taught from the very beginning to take regular exercise to build strong body and to ward off diseases. Similarly, one must work hard to get proper education and training. Work is worship is well said. Similarly, we are told: An idle mans brain is the devils workshop. A busy man is always a happy man. He does not have to feel the pinch of boredom and ennui. Moreover, proper education and training received at the proper time enable a person to get a suitable job and to enter life with a cheerful heart.

There is no doubt that necessities of life are important and one must Endeavour to obtain them. But to over-tax ones energies to possess uncommon luxuries is a folly and a source of unhappiness. It is important to have a healthy and congenial atmosphere in the family and amongst the friends, colleagues and companions. Petty shortcomings of others should be forgiven and forgotten. After all, we are all human beings and To err is human. We should also keep our mind pure and free from ill-will and malice. Such things spread unhappiness on all sides. One important way of remaining happy is to have a broad outlook and a cheerful demeanor. We should be considerate to others difficulties and limitations, and we should try to help them by all legitimate means to come out of the blues. We should not run after materialistic pursuits, short-lived glory and power. Instead, we should think and strive to ameliorate the lot of humanity without any discrimination and superficial distinction. We should have good companions who have a healthy outlook towards life. We should avoid miserliness and meanness. Devotion to ones duty is one of the greatest sources of happiness. The famous poetess Emile Bronte says, Riches I hold in light esteem And love I laugh to scorn; the lust of fame is but a dream that vanished with the morn. Accordingly, we can have taste of eternal happiness by tuning our minds to the purity of nature and spirit instead of playing second fiddle to false love and feigned friendship.

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