Tuesday, October 04, 2011

What You Need is Nearby

There's an old English saying: “Nettle in, dock out. Dock rub nettle out!”

It refers to the stinging nettle and its antidote, the Dock plant. Nature seems to conveniently place them in close proximity so should you have a run in with a stinging nettle, a dock plant will be growing nearby. This is also true of Jewelweed, a natural antidote to poison ivy.

A friend mentioned his quality of stinging nettle and dock some time ago and it has been rattling around in my brain since then. Tonight I ran across this reference to poison ivy. 

It seems nature provides what we need close at hand. Isn't that interesting to think about in terms of whatever you feel you are in need of in your life. Nature would indicate it's close at hand, ripe for the picking, readily available.

As is so often the case, we simply have to look around a bit, locate what we need, and be able to recognize it. That last one may be the most difficult.

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