Weed Your Garden

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Little basil plant coming up in the garden.

Yesterday I was surveying the garden, checking on the progress of things I’ve planted this spring. I was so disappointed to see that the basil seeds I planted a few weeks ago didn’t appear to have germinated. I only saw one little plant coming up. I planted a lot more seeds than that!

There was a ton of weeds and grass growing in that little corner of the garden. I decided that I would pull the weeds and clean up that space so that I could plant some more basil seeds. Maybe I had just sowed the other seeds too early, I thought.

After I got down on the ground and started cleaning out the weeds and grass, I could see that there were more little basil plants coming up than I thought. There were ten of them! I just didn’t see them all because of all the weeds and grass growing around them. 

Of course, the obvious life-metaphor came to mind. The weeds and grass were distracting me and keeping me from seeing the beginnings of the basil plants poking up in the ground. Just like we all let other things distract us and keep us from realizing our dreams. Sometimes they even keep us from knowing what our dreams are in the first place!

Spending time working in the garden is a great way to unplug and get away from television, internet, phones, etc. I always come up with my best ideas when I’m digging in the dirt. It’s a great time to think about whatever is going on in my life. I’ve been doing that a lot lately, and I’ve realized that I have dreams I didn’t even know I had! Yesterday was an example of that.

I’ve spent years cleaning out the weeds that distracted me from pursuing goals that I didn’t see or that I misunderstood. My recent evolutions politically and personally have included “pulling a lot weeds” of people and projects that kept me from focusing on what’s important to me, and what’s important in life in general. Many of them simply served to bring negativity to my life and diminish my goal of bringing positive change to the world.

I’ll share some of my personal revelations and realized goals later, but I wanted to take this chance to share the weeding story today because some of you might appreciate a reminder to get the weeds out of your own gardens. It’s hard work, but it’s so worth it!

To be continued….