The Winds of Life – by Dean Nelson

It’s Easter Sunday, and my wife’s birthday… happy birthday Paula! I am enjoying a beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon. It is very breezy today here in central Florida as I sit on my lanai watching the trees sway rhythmically to the whim of the wind. The display of wonder it creates is mesmerizing as the trees move magically, dancing to Mother Nature’s pulse.

I can’t see the wind. I can’t hear the wind. I can only see and hear the effects of the wind on its path across my tree lined back yard. I see the tree branches swaying and I can hear the leaves fluttering against each other, but still I cannot see the wind. I can only experience the results of its movement and feel the effects of its motion.

The wind brings to life the expression of its surroundings. It assists in forming the trees’ growth patterns and strengthens them to withstand the wind’s power unleashed during tempestuous weather storms.

Winds carry the seeds of plants and trees to far reaching destinations to propagate the planet for animal and human habitat and consumption. The wind powers the turbines which convert to energy to fuel our homes and businesses. It sails the vessels on our oceans and lakes. It cools our bodies in the warm sunshine.

It, also, causes death and destruction around the globe in fierce storms. Its patterns can be unpredictable and unexpected with its mighty force. It can damage trees, destroy homes and crops, and take lives.

The wind causes me to ponder people’s behavioral patterns. We cannot see or hear the thoughts and desires of those around us. We can only experience the results of the choices others make that could have an impact on our lives. We cannot see their prayers for goodwill or their hopes for peace. We cannot see or hear thoughts of love and concern.

However, we can feel the effects of others thoughts and prayers. We can feel the positive energy of each other. We can feel love and concern as easily as we can feel hatred and bitterness.

We move through life as the wind, altering our surroundings, building up and tearing down those we love and care about. We make silent choices that affect the lives of others and we may not even realize it. We carry the seeds of our beliefs and desires abroad, at times, with no regard for where they may germinate.

We can always choose to be the wind of good fortune. We can choose to be the breeze that strengthens the branches of others and spreads the seeds of goodwill and peace. We can be the wind in the sails of the dreams of others. We can be the power that converts hatred into love.

About author

This article was written by Dean Nelson

I enjoy exploring spirituality and consciousness while discovering ways of improving life for myself and others. My first book, The Experiential Approach, is listed on in paperback and Kindle versions. My goal was to be warm and passionate while inviting the reader to consider alternative means of making meaningful, positive changes in behaviors and thought processes. The Experiential Approach is the first in a series of mind, body and spirit self-help books designed to enhance life experiences by providing easy to follow exercises and thought inspiring philosophies. This book's main focus is how we can change the way we experience life. My second book, The Mindfulness Approach, is also on Amazon and Kindle. It's emphasis is on the mind-body relationship and how we can use the mind to heal the body through mindfulness and meditation. The last book in this series, The Threshold Approach, is being written at present. It concerns the mind-spirit relationship and delves into much deeper aspects of our being. This book will share insightful, yet simple, ways of crossing the threshold of consciousness into more meaningful states of spirituality and coexistence with the world we live in. Visit me at


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