#30DaysofThanks: Thankful for Nature

natureToday, Nov. 17, I am thankful for nature. Seeing nature gives me a natural sense of wonder and awe. I’m partial to the beach, because my family went pretty much every summer when I was growing up in Florida.

Even as an adult, I frequently went back to New Smyrna Beach with my parents. There is just something about the ocean and salt air that heals whatever ails me.

My favorite thing about the beach is that exhaustion after a day in the sun, playing in the waves and the feeling of salt water dried on your skin and in your hair. At the end of the day, you shower and get cleaned up, enjoy a great meal and relax listening to the ocean waves.

Another joy for me was taking a walk in the evening on the beach. The nights when the moon is bright and reflecting off the water and white sand are just gorgeous. Some years, we would see baby turtles hatching from the nest and making their way to the ocean.

“I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Mornings are spent on the balcony with a cup of coffee watching the sun rise over the Atlanta. On lucky days, we’d spy dolphins jumping along the coast and surfing the waves.

I’ve yet to find another place that offers me the same peace and inner calm as the ocean. However, my husband’s love of the mountains is rubbing off on me. We visited a remote place in the North Georgia mountains recently where he has been going for years, since his grandfather took him there as a kid. The photo with this blog is of that place called Sarah’s Creek.

It’s peaceful and beautiful, and the drive there from Atlanta is wonderful.

“A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

So, today I am grateful for nature.

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks.