Are you weeding?

Before we moved to the house we are in now, we had a large veggie patch, herb garden and chooks. And we loved it. Every twilight was spent pottering in the garden, each weekend we would make renovations to the chook house, my husband and I often laughing that their house received more attention than ours!

The house we are in now, while we love it, does not have a great spot for a veggie patch, or chooks, so we have not really much of a garden to play around with. One day, we tell ourselves, we will have more finances to make what is currently unusable, usable. And more time to do it, too.

What we do have – some herbs, various roses and other plants – is often sadly neglected as we are also much busier now (owning your own business will do that to your life!) and have significant health issues that we didn’t have a few years ago.

Yesterday, though, we bought some new herbs which obviously needed planting, so we were out and about pottering in the garden.

Because I am not out there much, there was a definite increase in weeds. Everywhere. As I pulled the nasty things out, I reprimanded myself for letting it get to the state it was in. If you just come out for half an hour each day, or even every couple of days, you wouldn’t have this situation, I told myself. What beauty there is out here, is being marred by these unsightly weeds, that if I just stayed on top of, wouldn’t be such an issue. Going outside and seeing areas that are totally overrun with weeds can be overwhelming and something I am then tempted to put off. Whereas, if I just do a little each day, the task doesn’t seem anywhere near as daunting.

As I continued to tug the weeds out, I reflected on how like life gardening is, not a new analogy, I know, but it really hit me afresh.

If I tended to those things within me that are unsightly with regularity, the task is cut down considerably. Conversely, if I continue in bad habits and attitudes, any good there is in me and my character can easily be overshadowed. And the task to ‘weed’ my life becomes that much more difficult.

We also know that weeds grow prolifically without us planting them, needing no encouragement from us to thrive. On the other hand, the roses, the herbs, the plants, require intentionality and nuturing. Just like our good and bad character traits.

We need to keep short accounts with ourselves and not let the weeds get out of control. Sometimes, it’s hard for others to see our beauty when the weeds are in abundance and taking over.

Do you need to do some weeding in your life? I know I do.

10 thoughts on “Are you weeding?

  1. YOU are a rose. I weed around you. You are the Queen of Metaphors. I have a few other Roses in my garden, I weed around them as well. I also pull the weeds and discard them. Pull them out, throw them to the compost, move on.


  2. I agree with Karen. I only see the beauty in you. A few of those things you may have mistook for weeds in your life, they may be wildflowers.

    But it’s true, we could all weed a few things,people,hangups. The list goes on. This is good and provocative. I’ve left a bulk of weeds unattended and have some thinking to do.

    Cheers and happy gardening. πŸ™‚


    • Awww, thanks Tonia πŸ™‚ And I love the wildflowers idea – makes me think we should stop and check before yanking something/someone out of our lives. Something else to think about! And happy gardening to you too πŸ™‚


  3. From someone who spent the other day weeding my rose bed, I have to say, I have the bloody scratches to prove it! Carry on!


    • Thanks Denise πŸ™‚ Yes, well worth doing…and doing often! Unfortunately, both in the garden and in my life, I let it go until it’s a huge job. Little and often is the trick!


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