Thank the Bugs and Trees

If you follow my photography IG, you know that I like to photograph nature; mainly mushrooms, flowers, and neat bugs. What you can’t tell by looking at my photos, however, is that I like to say thank you to the beings that I photograph!

Sam….what? Beings? Thank you? This is beyond some tree-hugger stuff. Trust me, I know. But hear me out.

Plants are more attentive to their environments than many people realize. Did you know that some plants can tell when a shadow passes over them? It makes sense, since plants get their energy from the sun, but it’s something that I’d never considered before, so I was shocked to learn it. Plants can tell when they’re being touched, too! And you might have heard that plants grow better when exposed to music.

They can hear, they can feel, they can even communicate with one another! They eat and drink and move. I don’t see why on Earth they shouldn’t be considered beings.

Tree Hugging as Exercise

It’s nice to be nice! And I don’t see why we shouldn’t extend that niceness to everything that we encounter in life. Especially things that feel. I mean shoot, plants are alive, they can feel things, so who’s to say they can’t tell when I show them some gratitude? Sure, there’s no scientific evidence proving that they notice that sort of thing. But there’s also no evidence proving that they don’t.

The same goes for mushrooms! And bugs! With the bugs, it’s a little easier because they’re more clearly conscious than a plant appears to be. But its also a little more difficult with bugs, because sometimes they can just give me the heebie jeebies. I can’t hold it against them though! After all, I doubt they do it on purpose. It’s not their fault.

A beautiful Leopard Slug in the Olympic National Rain Forrest

Thanking the subjects of my photography is one of my favorite exercises in gratitude. I mean, just think about it; if you’re constantly expressing gratitude to things that might not even be able to appreciate it, how much more often will you end up expressing gratitude to beings that you know for a fact will, at the very least, be able to understand your gratitude? Sure, they might not appreciate your gratitude, but that’s not the point.

If we only feel grateful for something on the condition that our gratitude will be noticed and appreciated, well, that just seems…..icky. Gratitude isn’t a currency that we exchange for attention. It isn’t something that should only be given when we’ll get something(like appreciation) in return.

Who Is Gratitude For?

Do you feel grateful because you appreciate the things in your life? Or do you feel grateful because you want to make someone else feel good? Gratitude is a personal emotion that stems from outside sources! Expressing our gratitude is a great way to cultivate those feelings of, as well as a way to connect with others. It’s been shown that expressing gratitude has plenty of benefits, ranging from personal health benefits to improved social relationships!

And so, yes, I say thank you to the bugs, and to the trees, and even to the stickers that I photograph! It’s nice to be nice, and it’s nice to feel nice, too. 🥰

What are you grateful for? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • _d_pensivesoul

    I must admit, your blog is just awesome. Its great.❤❤
    But hey! I have also started blogging on positivity and inspiration. It will mean world to me if you can stop by my blog and shower some love. I will be eagerly waiting for your feedbacks.
    Thanks! Happy blogging. Have agreat day!!!

    • Sam

      Thank you so much for your kind words! ☺️ I’ll definitely be checking your blog out too. Can’t wait to read it! 🌞

      • _d_pensivesoul

        Sure thing. Thank you so very much. Have a wonderful day.❤

    • Sam

      Thank you so much! 💕

      • Happy Panda

        “if you’re constantly expressing gratitude to things that might not even be able to appreciate it, how much more often will you end up expressing gratitude to beings that you know for a fact will” – wow!!!! Such a beautiful perspective.

        I haven’t tried saying thanks to plants, flowers and bugs but I do say thanks to all the objects I have, as weird as that sounds. Everytime I’m getting rid of anything – I spend a moment remembering our journey together and thank it for all it’s done before saying goodbye to it. IDK it feels so good to do it. (Something I learnt from Marie Kondo)

        But I’m definitely going to try saying thanks to plants and flowers the next time I’m in my garden. 🤗

      • Sam

        Thank you for the kind words! I’ll have to try that, thanking objects before parting ways. Your comment came at the perfect time, I was actually planning on cleaning out my closet later today 👚

        I hope talking to your plants helps you as much as it helps me! 💕

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