Yes, there is a subtle beauty in the “weeds of life.” We must learn how to use them to nourish us, rather than constantly try to mow them down. ~~ C.A.L.
As springtime comes to the Pacific Northwest, it is not uncommon for us to find ourselves basking in the occasional rays of sunshine, only to dash for cover moments later when the darkened skies roll in and quickly dump buckets of rain. Throughout the typical spring day, this can happen several times. For those of us who love life in the PNW and know that this is the price we must pay for living in a picture postcard setting, we revel in this manic display of springtime.
Of course, there are those who constantly complain about the clouds and the rain. And if not complaining about the weather, they lament having to mow their lawns so often because of all the rain. Or that the weeds are in bloom.
But these unwanted plants such as dandelions, blackberries, burdock, chicory, and many more can be a source of edible, delicious, and nutritious foods for those willing to look at these plants as more than a weed to destroy.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
As weeds show up in our lawns and gardens, challenging our green thumbs AND our patience, so are we challenged in life. Situations and people show up to test us. We spend most of the time trying to pluck them out, mow them down and destroy them until we are too exhausted to see what else life is offering. The next step is trying to ignore them, as if they do not exist, only to have them overtake us while we are not tending to ourselves.
What if we were to learn how to cultivate these “weeds” in our lives? Manage them? Use them for our nourishment?
What could come from our embracing these moments and learning from them, instead of maniacally whacking away at those things we would rather have never entered our lives?
I wish I could tell you how to get rid of weeds, but unfortunately I have not been able to accomplish that task…in my garden or my life. In this stage of my life, I am determined to learn which of these “weeds of life” can be used to strengthen and nourish me.
They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed. ~~ William Cowper
What are the “weeds” that you are ignoring or trying to destroy? Do you find them creeping back up through the cracks just when you thought they were gone?
Perhaps, like me, it’s time for you to figure out which ones are nourishing. It might be time to look at some of these weeds as plants and start to use them for the goodness they can bring to life.