Guest Post: Ollin Morales

Thanks to Ollin for the invite to guest post at his blog, Courage 2 Create. Click over there to read my contribution, after you’ve read what Ollin has to say about how nature can inspire us and our writing.

The Creator of Courage

By Ollin Morales

I walk through a little dirt pathway, hugged on either side by bright green grass. There are trees all around that seem to greet me in their silence. The little stream whispers, “Hello.” A leaf or two can be seen falling to the ground, with the power and grace of any Olympic diver. There, in this sacred place, you feel yourself embraced by a cool, tender brush of mountain wind.  There, you can almost swear the branches are speaking to you in a language all their own. There, you are almost certain that a squirrel, who freezes just underneath the sunlight as you approach, is reminding you of something you forgot. {That living occurs in the moment.}

There are rocks that remind you to be grounded, and birds that remind you to sing. There is this perfect little place, too. A great tree, with a branch hanging over a stream, a branch that is long enough, thick enough, and low enough for you to climb on, and use as a place to take a seat.

This “natural seat” is my favorite stop on my hike. I climb this great tree, rest my bottom across this branch over the little stream, and when I turn around, a view opens up to me, like a dream. There are bushes, and living things crawling nearby, and a wonderful silence. A holy silence. The sunlight is purer here, so is the air. Something can make its way through here. Here, inspiration can flow more freely, and can arrive where it needs to arrive, in my head.

I am a writer after all, and for a writer, the best place to create is the place where all things are created. Nature.

Why is it that, whenever I find myself despairing, when my head is filled with worry, when not a single new idea comes to me, that a nice long hike in the mountains does the trick? What’s hidden there among the leaves, and the bark, and the water, and the sweet, brown dirt?  There, as I sit on that branch overlooking that stream, I swat a fly away from my face, and at the same time, I am swiping away all that worries me.  Why, when I leave that seat, and continue to climb up and up the grooves of that mountain, I grow stronger?  Why is it that as I near the top, I feel more connected, more whole, more at peace, more like me?  Why is it when I finally reach the end of my hike, and gaze at the tremendous waterfall, that gushes and spurts, and sways, and lands there only three feet away, that my courage returns to me?

The courage to create? To write? To imagine a world so much better than this one?

Here, as I hike among the mountains, all trouble falls away, and something more powerful, wiser, and more ancient takes its place.

The natural world is vital to an author. It is vital to every artist, in fact. Without it, it is harder to create. It is harder to thrive and move forward. Let us keep these natural places sacred, and let us visit them often to remind ourselves why they are sacred.  Because there, in that river, in that squirrel, in that tree, is the womb of our dreams and our imagination.

Nature feeds life, yes, but—let us not forget—nature also feeds our dreams. Let us feed that which feeds our dreams, then, and not lay it to waste, but bring it to use.

much “green writer,”


Go feed your dreams this weekend by visiting your local nature park.  To learn more about the best places to hike near you, click here.

Ollin Morales is a writer and a blogger. {Courage 2 Create} chronicles the author’s journey as he writes his first novel. His blog offers writing tips as well as strategies to deal with life’s toughest challenges. After all, as Ollin’s story unfolds, it becomes more and more clear to him that in order to write a great novel, he must first learn how to live a great life.

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  1. Lovely, Ollin. Made my evening. Thanks also to you, Tammy – good choice for a guest!

  2. Linda

     /  December 6, 2010

    In a word: beautiful … prose. Okay, I guess two words. 🙂 Loved this post, Ollin. Loved it.

  3. Thank you Paula! I’m so glad that you liked it. 🙂

  4. I feel calmer just having gazed at that picture and read those well-written words. *contented sigh*

    • Well Hannah, I can honestly say that this post was brought to you by Mother Nature herself, so I guess you have Her to thank most of all.

  5. A wonderful piece of writing, very talented young man.
    Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

  6. Thanks Cindy, I’m flattered. 🙂

  7. Thanks, Ollin. Beautiful reminder of why protecting Planet Earth is so critical.

    We breathe to stay alive
    And write to feel alive
    All the while claiming sustenance
    From the sun, the moon, and the stars

    Thanks, Tammy. Loved your post over on Ollin’s blog.

  8. Well that was delightfully poetic nrhatch. You are very welcome.

  9. Great writing, Ollin, by a man who obviously has a sincere and serene connection with nature. I imagine you would be a quiet, respectful, observant and appreciative walking partner. In other words, a joy to be with in Nature.

  10. Thanks souldipper! I try to keep my connection with nature as much as I can, it’s one of those things I try not to live without.

  11. What they all said.
    I live a mad life, and I stay sane because of the forest next door. Your words ring so true.

  12. You are very luck kateshrewsday, I wish I had a forest next door. Maybe I should buy a house in the woods?

    I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  13. This was just lovely.
    Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

  14. Thanks Kristen!

  15. Thanks Interesting reading.

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