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What nature teaches us about change

A lot has been written about the solace of nature during uncertain times. But as I picked my way along the coastal path each day, I began to understand that going outside offered me something else as well: a new way of looking at the world

At the beginning of lockdown, I heard a lot of discussion about the “new normal”: what everyday life might look like after all this was over. Sometimes predictions were practical—we’d choose barbecues over dinner parties, classrooms would be half empty—but more often, the phrase invoked some utopian ideal.

Some spoke of lockdown as a kind of corrective.…

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