Summer is in full swing now, complete with green leafy trees, hot sunshine, and mosquitoes galore. A few weeks ago, I was out in my garden clearing out weeds, tilling the soil, and preparing it to plant vegetables. It needed a lot of work. It was a daunting task. The last few years I hadn’t been good about pruning back the perennials that come up every spring. I hadn’t been clearing the leaves or getting rid of dead underbrush. And for those of you who garden, you know that’s a big no-no if you don’t want to spend your time ripping your own hair out by the roots.
But as repetitive work like that always does, it got me pondering. Where else in my life have I let some things pile up, not get cleared out?
How often do you let things go too long before you clean them up? Stay in an unsatisfactory job you’re afraid to move away from, or remain with a friend or significant other in an unhealthy relationship but do nothing about it?
The longer we do nothing, the bigger the task, and the more daunting it becomes.
I know this is true because as I look at my garden I wonder… how different my work in it would be this year if I had just kept up with some maintenance?
What would my relationship with it be like or how would I feel differently?
I think it would be less daunting, less challenging, more fun and enjoyable.
Every relationship we have, whether it be with our work, significant others, friends, with our selves, or our garden requires time and attention. And the recognition of when something needs to be shifted, changed, or completely cleared out. My garden is teaching me.
What is yours teaching you?
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