The other day I was cheering on the University of Houston Cougars. After their loss I began to take sometime to contemplate upon what a loss is, especially with the concern of students. As a win or a loss is almost encompassed to that of a parental / coaching position where of course there are many emotions involved. As I was further inspired to share the following comment upon Tilman J. Fertitta’s instagram page.
As I was further inspired to share the following comment upon Tilman J. Fertitta’s instagram page. #ShaziaBlogTweet
Instagram Comment: Thank you Tilman for sharing this picture. Isn’t it amazing that the sun can reveal its beauty from in between the layers of the clouds / skies? Thank you for all that you did to support student athletics for the university of Houston. Although the #gocoogs didn’t win, they did accomplish the #finalfour#forthecity. I am glad that you are enjoying the sunset, sometimes natures / the earths atmosphere / beauty can remind us of our existential existence, beyond what we are, to attain that sense of equilibrium; thus, we may be disappointed with a coogs loss, but this view, this very pleasing feeling is a meditative moment for the human soul. Lots of love and hugs! Thank you so much! 🇺🇸🦅🌹
this very pleasing feeling is a meditative moment for the human soul. #ShaziaBlog #TilmanFertittaTweet
As I took the time to reflect upon this idea of nature as a restorer, consoler and redeemer of the soul / spirit, I further connected these thoughts to the idea of natural disasters that take place. Often times that ruin the very life and livelihoods that one has worked so hard to create, thus; the idea of nature: how can one view nature as this creator, as a beautifier, restorer and redeemer, if one has been hurt by the very forces of nature?
how can one view nature as this creator, as a beautifier, restorer and redeemer, if one has been hurt by the very forces of nature? #ShaziaBlogTweet
It is absolutely true that it can be difficult, even with what is happening internally, again the same feeling can occur. I don’t have a magic formula or remedy, except one must continually keep trying to appreciate. Because even as nature / natural disasters do cause tragedy, it is this very nature / habitual spaces that we need for our survival, thus the term of climate change. I have always found the term climate change problematic, but this does not mean that one does not care for the environment or living spaces. Climate care is important, but once again to find this beauty within nature can be psychologically challenging.
*These thoughts were Emersonian inspired, where I reflected upon Ralph Waldo Emerson’s idea of nature as a counselor, and his personal reflection of how he felt about nature especially after the loss of his first wife Ellen Louisa Tucker and close loved ones. I understood Emerson’s feelings, as nothing within his immediate environment was pleasing to him, especially because of the grief of loosing his first wife. But as I connected my thoughts and continued to read I was inspired as he kept trying, carried on living his life, remarried and had more children. He was an American great thinker, was integral to American Transcendentalism movement and much more.
I understood Emerson’s feelings, as nothing within his immediate environment was pleasing to him #ShaziaBlogTweet
*These thoughts were inspired as I viewed the efforts and support of Tilman J. Fertitta, Board of the Regents Chairman for the University of Houston Cougars Student Mens basketball team throughout the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) March Madness Tournament. Thank you for supporting the student team sport!
These thoughts were inspired as I viewed the efforts and support of Tilman J. Fertitta, Board of the Regents Chairman for the University of Houston. #ShaziaBlog #GoCoogs #ForTheCity #MarchMadnessTweet
Reference: Emerson, R. W. (2007). Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Essays, Lectures, and Poems. Bantam Books.
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on April 7th 2021. *These thoughts can also be connected to the current coronavirus health pandemic where restrictions, illness / disease are creating a psychological impact upon our appreciation of our environment / nature.
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