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3 Actions That Can Change Your Life: Lessons from Nature

Updated on October 12, 2012

Think New Thoughts

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Getting into a rut is easy! All you have to do is to keep going in the same direction, using the same path you've always taken and voila, you're in a rut! Even the smallest changes in thinking can manifest the greatest of rewards!

For example, why not take a hike in the woods of your mind. Look into the dark, dank areas where the mushrooms grow. You know, the place where you've discarded all those impossible dreams. With a new and different perspective you may be surprised to find a spore or two that will grow into a mushroom like the one in the photo, quickly, beautifully and hardly noticed.

Who says new thoughts can't come from old ideas? They can come from anywhere, but you've got to be willing to look everywhere in order to discover what others are unwilling to search for. The mushroom in the photo was missed by thousands though visible along side a well traveled trail. My photographer wife who has an eye for great beauty, even in the overlooked, saw it because she sees greatness everywhere, even where mushrooms grow! Think a new thought today, even if you have to walk a different way on the same old path or dig through a pile of crap to find it! Trust me, it's there!

What A Tangled Web We Weave


Release Old Baggage

“Sometimes in your life you have to leave some precious things not because you don't deserve it but because you deserve something better than that and it's just like creating space for some bigger and much better things waiting for you in your life ahead.”
Shubhanshu Tiwari

Unlike our spidery friends the webs we weave don't always serve to feed or protect us. More often they weigh us down, hold us back and prevent us from moving on to be what we want most to be and to do. I'm no psychologist, but I do have a personal story to share that I hope will offer enough encouragement to those who are almost ready let go of the unwanted luggage chained to their hearts!

My Aunt Anna just celebrated her 90th birthday. (Happy Birthday Aunt Anna) I had not seen my aunt or her two brothers in 39 years. It's a long story and at this point unimportant. I also had not spoken to my oldest brother for 27 years. There were some very deep wounds suffered by all parties. The content of those wounds don't matter now either. My cousin, Carol, had arranged to have a party to celebrate my aunts birth and invited all my relatives, many of whom I had never met. I subsequently flew to Philly for the party, open to what I would encounter and hoping to return home having genuinely shared a warm and memorable day with my long lost family.

All I can say is that I didn't want to leave. My heart, overflowing with emotional healing, jettisoned almost 40 years of guilt, shame, anger, and a host of other seemingly innocuous, but very damaging feelings and thoughts that had built up over the years. I could never hope to convey the freedom of the weightlessness I experienced the evening I let go of all the baggage I had been carrying since my father and mother passed away oh so many years ago. It was one of the top 5 events of my life and I am forever grateful for it!

So, remember that the web we weave for ourselves is exactly that...a web, and it's a web of deception and lies we choose. The lie and the deception is we think we are bound to carry the pain for ever when, in reality, we are free to discard it any time we choose! We can then be free to begin anew and oh, what a feeling that is! It may not happen all at once, but work on it little by little and I promise you that each thread you loosen releases you to experience an almost overwhelming sense of joy!

Bee Who You Are


A Fabulous Example in Nature

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My wife, Sophia, has a genuine fascination with bees. Particularly the honey bee, because that's what her real name (Deborah) means in Hebrew. (By the way, my name, Bruce is translated into Hebrew as Baruch, which means blessed or happy! Yahooooo) Okay, so I digressed!

Bees have some really focused characteristics that help them and us maintain life. Bees 1) Guard the Queen, 2) Carry Pollen from flower to flower and 3) they produce honey! Hmmmmmm!

So what's the point here? Well, bees don't bark like dogs. Bees don't give milk like cows and bees don't give a rats rear end if the world wants them to or not, they are going to do what all bees do! If humanity would grasp hold of that concept, oh boy, would we be doin' somethin'?

First, we are conditioned by a whole barrage of someone else's thoughts, ways and desires before we're old enough to speak or walk. Then we have a world full of distractions keeping us pre-occupied while trying to rekindle a relationship with our creator and finally, even if we get through all that unscathed we are introduced to our ego and all hell breaks loose. By the end of all of that we are farther away from who we really are than we've ever been before. This conceptual viewpoint of our growth gives credence to the phrase "in order to find out who we are we have to find out who we are not."

I can assure you, again from personal experience, the closer you get to being who you know you are, deep down inside, the happier and more fulfilled you will become. If you don't know who you are, ask the universe to help you out. If you aren't sure that will work and you want to seek something a little closer to home, the library or the internet is filled with ideas to help you get going in the right direction. But make no mistake, you must want to know the answer and be willing to accept what you are shown. (You don't have to do this on your own either. You can invite a friend to take the journey with you, for accountability, adventure and fun. You will have to warn them first that they may get caught up in discovering who they are and you will be reminding them that this trip is all about you! You can help them later! LOL)

The fun will start when you look into the mirror one day and say, So and so, meet So and so, we're here to get to know each other! Then sit back and watch the fireworks.

I have absolutely enjoyed our time here together and I hope that what I have shared with you has sprung a well of goodness within that will carry over into every other day of your life. It has for me and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to share a moment with you!

One last thing: “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” -Warren Buffett

May peace be with you!!!


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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Alise-Evon!

      Welcome and thank you for your thoughtful response. I did not know about "dabar" and I can see how powerful a name is. Logos is one of my favorite words because I associate it with the father of Logo-therapy (Living with purpose) - Victor E. Frankl who also wrote "Man's Search For Meaning," a fabulous read if you ever get the chance. It paradoxically was based on Dr. Frankl's work at Auschwitz and Dachau! Incredible!

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll return one day soon!


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      Alise- Evon 

      5 years ago

      This is a hub I am definitely going to have to come back to and re-visit from time to time, there is so much in here to apply. Thank you so much. I really appreciate the quotes, too; they really help.

      By the way, love those Hebrew names, too! Did you know that "Deborah" (dabar) also means "to order back to a (food) source." A bee will communicate to the others in a colony where it has found a new food source, hence the relationship between the two words. In English, "dabar" can be translated "word;" in Greek, "logos." The Word of God is our true food source; it's all related. Isn't that magnificent?

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Sommer and welcome to my hub!

      I liked the part about old baggage too! Especially the unloading, whew!!! Glad that weights gone. I feel like a new man. Why would anyone want to carry it around. Some people do you know?

      Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read and comment. I hope you will come back to read other works too!



    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Gypsy!

      Thank you very much for the vote and the warning! LOL! I am working feverishly on my own hive, no time to get stung with my antennae in another workers territory! Haha!

      Thanks again,


    • SommerDalton profile image

      Sommer Dalton 

      6 years ago

      This is so true, I loved the part on old baggage and being who you are. This is by far one of the best hubs I've ever read on hubpages. Informative, positive, and so well written!! Voted up plus 4!!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Much enjoyed and thought provoking. You're right we each spin our own kind of webs and we must be prepared to deal with it. There are some people who would do well to be like bees and not butt into other people's business. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks Paula!

      You know how much I appreciate your comments and support. It's folks like you whose contribution here confirms that we are all connected. It doesn't get much better than that!

      Peace be with you!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bruce...I have voted this Up and all but funny....I love this hub. I am especially inspired by the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. You are a very astute young man....I appreciate the way you describe the bee's purpose and how this is WHAT THEY DO...and they have no concern to do anything they are not meant to do....So true, Bruce....Thank you for starting my day with these comforting yet strengthening concepts!.UP and shared

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Debbie!

      You have blessed me tremendously! I believe as you do and so I have learned to accept what I have. As Brother David Steidl-Rast once said I have experienced "great-fulness." I am humbled to think that one other person who, when reading the work given to me as a gift, would think it valuable enough to share with another. Then I thought, why not, it wasn't mine to begin with but it belongs to all of us. We are connected!

      Peace be with you!


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      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      I love this Hub and plan to pass it on to a few friends who could benefit from reading it and pondering your words. The Tiwari quote reminds me of something I have always believed-when God doesn't allow something we want it's because he has something better in store for us.

      Thanks for writing this thought provoking Hub!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi LA Elsen,

      Thank you for reading my hub and for the comment! As we both know, nothing in this world is really insignificant, though we so often treat the treasures of this earth that way!

      I am grateful to you!

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      LA Elsen 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thank you for writing this hub. This is something we all need to reflect on. I loved the insignificant mushroom. Great Hub. Voted up and pinned that very significant mushroom.


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