I’ve been spending some time weeding in my garden recently.
Our yard isn’t very big, but we’ve got
a fair amount of the space we have devoted to flower gardens. My garden used to be my main hobby, but since adding children to our
family, it’s slipped considerably in my list of priorities. So, between the beautiful summer weather we’ve been having and my inattention, my garden is a bit of a jungle!
Weeding around the peonies I transplanted last summer, carefully choosing what plants to keep and plants to pull, I opened up space and light for the peonies to grow. After an initial pass through, I noticed I had overlooked some weeds – smaller, shorter ones, as well as other weeds that were growing too close to distinguish them from the peony stems. Some of the peonies – having grown since last summer – are now too close to each other, and probably need to be moved, to allow optimal growth and flowering for next year.
And so as I went along, I found that these simple tasks called forth some important analogies for me about how we each do our work to make a difference. (And I’m not the only one thinking about gardening analogies recently… see here)
We have to choose where we put our efforts – what, when, how much, with whom. We have to choose what we want to grow and what we need to let go of. We have to know how best to nourish what’s important. We need to know what we’re looking for, and how we’ll know it when we’ll see it. We have to able to see how our work now will impact what we want to have happen in the future.
What needs weeding in the gardens you’re tending?
What a great post Hanna! As a gardener myself I can relate to the task of setting out to distinguish weed from plant and of the choices that have to made even among plants. This analogy was just what I needed to hear this morning as I think about honing in on what’s most important to me in following my dreams. Thanks!
Hey Kirsten, thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding to the analogy! There’s so many lessons from the natural world that apply to the choices we are making, the dreams we are following – such as being aware and open to simple things as what’s growing in our garden.
Kirsten adds more to this discussion here at her blog, letsdreambig:
And Curt adds other great points at his blog Occupational Adventure here:
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