I would never claim to like weeding, but there are worse things. I guess in my mind it’s an excuse to be outside while also being productive, as opposed to inside doing dishes (blah!).
That being said, when we got back from vacation one of the first things I noticed was how out of control the weeds had become. It doesn’t take long, that’s for sure.
For a couple days I spent Natalie’s nap time pulling weeds. When it was done the yard looked better and I felt better. Accomplished. Refreshed even.
And then it hit me… I need to apply the same practice to my life.
I had been feeling a little overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do and bummed about the fact that it was already August (read: I’m not ready to go back to school!).
Those post-vacation blues set in and I missed the feeling of sitting out on the cabin porch, relaxed and free from stresses of day to day life.
But I realized, kneeling there in the grass with a bucket of weeds by my side, that some of my trouble was unnecessary and self-inflicted.
I’m annoyed with my messy closet, but why do I have so many clothes in there if I don’t even wear them all?
I’m frustrated with things I read or see online, but why do I keep wasting my time scrolling through social media?
I’m bothered by things that are out of my control, but why do I spend so much energy dwelling on them?
The truth is, there are plenty of weeds in my life that could be pulled up and tossed out.
Weeds, in a garden and in life, take up space where they shouldn’t, choking out the good stuff that you want to cultivate. They make a mess of things and they spread quickly if you don’t make a conscious effort to clear them out.
So it’s time for me to start weeding.
Maybe it’s stuff that clutters my space and makes it harder for me to take care of my home. Maybe it’s distractions that steal my time from more important things. Maybe it’s worries that crowd my mind and keep me from focusing on the here and now.
Maybe it’s a little of all of those.
I know there are some specific areas I need to work on and some clear steps I need to take. I hope to share some of the “weeding” I’m working on in the coming weeks.
It won’t necessarily be easy and it will be an ongoing process. Just as the weeds in my yard pop up over and over, I don’t expect the weeds in my life to disappear with one attempt. But I’m ready to put in the effort, because I long for that refreshed feeling that comes when the landscape is clear.
What weeds are growing in your life? I challenge you to take stock and set to work on clearing them out. I think we all can benefit from a little weeding.