- When we think of places, we think big. But an area of just a few square yards can be described as a place - a patch of a wood or of a public park. Find one of these small-scale places and get to know it thoroughly. Narrow your focus and look closely. There might be interesting insects or invertebrates, or a fascinating fragment of litter. If there's nothing else, just look at the blades of grass - Walt Whitman wrote a great work of poetry on the subject (see pages 295
- Do not crave material pleasures and then cry for your loss.
- If there is preparation, there will be no regret.