AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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We Could Learn from Trees

What if we reflect on what trees teach us? A deep root connection, knowing that our differences bring what is needed for survival, sharing food, resources, positivity, and elevating happiness for all. What if human beings treated each other in this way? Always looking out for those who need a little extra to help to thrive. It’s actually very simple. We just need to talk to each other, accept each other for our individuality, share the “forest” – our planet – and treat it as the precious resource it is for us all. We could live in a more peaceful, happy world. So, the next time you pass a tree. Stop. Breathe in. Breathe out. Say thank you. It’s giving you life, love and happiness with each breath. Take these lessons and apply them in your life. The seeds you plant will grow happiness in everyone you touch. ∎


Artist “This body of work I have created on landscapes is with a focus on imagination and attention to nature. I paint mostly from the mind's eye, however, I am inspired by Idaho's great landscape and my home. I have been painting with a freshness that is emotionally and intuitively driven. I hope to capture the interest of the viewer with nuances and subtle layering of paint. Colour remains my subject only pushed into the shape of the landscape. Eventually, the painting takes on a life of its own.”


Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Philanthropist & Founder of 365give Jacqueline Way is a dedicated world changer. Her soul purpose is to inspire and educate the hearts and minds of people globally to create a happy, meaningful life. She expresses her purpose through her charitable organization 365give created and inspired by her son with a simple vision to “Change the World 1 give, 1 day at time.” She is a world-renowned keynote speaker with one of the most watch TEDx Talks “How to Be Happy Every Day – It Will Change the World” Every day she is committed to living the highest expression of who she is as a human being through her work and by touching the lives of others.

Painting by: Melissa Graves Brown 117 AWARENOW / THE OUTSIDE EDITION