The Forest Returns Your Yell is a Finnish Proverb. Since I first read it I have found so many layers of meaning for me.
I first learned it to mean that people will treat you how you treat them. Of course the Finnish version of the Golden Rule will be nature themed. Because of course.
But the more I thought of it the more I thought of other meanings.
For my suburban children, getting out into nature is often the only time they feel free to be loud and fast and free. We yell in the forest while we try not to yell elsewhere.
For me, I feel a communion with nature. I can go to the woods to find clarity. The woods are also where I find peace, for my mind and for my soul. I can turn to the woods when I want to yell and everything will be okay. The forest is the place to which I can turn when I need to yell. No judgement from the trees, the birds, the squirrels.
Maybe that’s not what the Finns have in mind with their proverb. It doesn’t matter. I think, like art, proverbs can mean different things to different people. For me, it definitely helped me feel more centered this season as I reminded myself to get outside and get some Vitamin Nature.