We went camping last week for a much needed getaway. It is always a time of relaxation and reflection. Sitting by a fire, staring at the star and disconnected from the drag of daily life in a world of constant stimulation. Looking up at the sky as if it will reveal its hidden secrets. Listening to the hoot of a near by owl or the song birds in the morning singing their cheery songs . I see a woodpecker, pecking on a hollow tree. He is not worried about tomorrow. A deer steps out of the forest. He sees me and stops, unsure if I am friend or foe. We watch each other for a few minutes, then his tail starts to twitch. I know he will not stay with me much longer. He turns with his tail high in the air and leaps back to the safety of the woods.The wind gently moves through the leaves on the trees, the rumble of thunder in the distance as a summer storm rolls in. Breathing deeply as the fresh air fills my lungs and exhaling all the worries that have distracted me from simple pleasures of life. Watching the river flow, moving swiftly to it destination.The river does not plan where it will go, it knows that it will find it's way to where it belongs. I look around at the lush, green vegetation all around and wonder if any of it can be used for food or has any healing properties. It saddens me at the knowledge that has been lost about the gifts of nature. I want to know its secrets and accepts its gifts. I feel confident that my journey to live life naturally will reveal this to me at the right time. Nature is not to be rushed, but enjoyed if you take the time to see the beauty, listen as it whispers its secrets to you and feel the serenity it offers. Nature is full of simple gifts that only requires that you take the time to accept.