Patterns in Nature …

Nature photography is my most passionate hobby. I take the typical photos of the animals, plants and beautiful scenery that surround me every day and I feel especially blessed at times to be in the right place at exactly the right time to capture some one of a kind sights.

When I am most engrossed with my time in the woods, my camera in hand, the artistic side to my photos appears … I am facinated by the geometry, symmetry and patterns I see in nature. The spiderwebs, the veins in the wings of a dragonfly, ripples in the water, the growth of a pinecone, reflections of light and color, etc… (amazing nature pattern pictures at National Geographic ). When you take the time to really look closely, the patterns in nature just pop out … they are everywhere. A little sunshine at just the right angle and wow! … and it is the same with our own lives. When we really look, shine a little light inside, the patterns of our human nature are there to see, also.

Self contemplation can reveal repeated patterns of behavior in everyone one of us. The choices we make, the long time habits we form, the likes and dislikes we have … all influence our life’s path. Many of those influences appear to be subconciously chosen or influenced by things out of our control. Yet, when we look honestly and deeper into ourselves we will find that there is a pattern to our lives and it was created by our values, habits, fears, choices, etc… Over time, this becomes our “nature”. Like the pattern in the spiderweb, we weave a pattern of behavior into our lives.

Good, productive patterns in our nature make for a happy life. Many habits we learn are even essential to life itself. It is those patterns of bad habits, fears, and addictions (the most harmful form of habit) that are woven into us over time that make life difficult. Everyone of us struggles with some unproductive maybe even destructive threads in our web of life … changing the pattern is very difficult. Old habits die hard .. is the popular phrase that comes to mind. What makes this uncomfortably powerful is that, according to author Juliene Berk, “… the only reason they (habits) persist is that they are offering some satisfaction…You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way – by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.”

Another scary characteristic of habits is stated plainly by a great detective novelist … “Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.” ~ Agatha Christie. This week, NPR reported on a recent study of people’s patterns of daily behaviors using cell phone tracing. It showed that even people who believe they are spontaneous are still living a 93% predictable life … they didn’t find anyone whose predictability was below 80 percent! For click here for the story

No one and nothing is ever perfect .. it is not suppose to be. If life were perfect, we would not change … we would not grow … we would not learn. We are imperfect creatures with visible patterns to our lives … Thankfully, we also have the ability to enhance and redesign our web of life … spinning new threads to mend the holes and grow in new ways .. forming new habits new patterns in our lives … lets make those new patterns excellent!

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.” ~ Confucius

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If you would like to read the science behind “why old habits die hard”: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2005/habit.html

Wikipedia says: Habituation is the psychological process in humans and animals in which there is a decrease in psychological response and behavioral response to a stimulus after repeated exposure to that stimulus over a duration of time. (however, habituation is natural and essential to a healthy life)

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~ by bearyweather on February 21, 2010.

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