A couple weekends ago, I had the chance to hop on a flight last-minute to celebrate our first granddaughter's first birthday. The weather in Ohio was crummy, so a quick escape to Florida sounded fabulous, even more so to see the sunshine that is our sweet Noah-girl.
I remember thinking in the midst of the mental to-do list, "I need to start working on the flowerbeds, but it can wait until I get back because it's so cold." Upon returning to Ohio, I was dismayed because not only was it cold, IT WAS SNOWING ON APRIL 21st!!! I was even more dismayed because the dang weeds taking up residence in the flowerbeds didn't get the memo that they shouldn't be growing flourishing in cold weather. And after a few warmer days, they looked like they were on steroids. How bad could it be, you ask?
Oh friends, this is just the beginning. I added two more full bags after I took this picture and each bag weighed 30-40 lbs. And I'm not done yet. All this weeding did, however, give me lots of time to think. Dangerous, I know, but here we go anyway.
Weeds suck. As I was making my way through that overgrown mess, I had totally forgotten that I had planted some perennials last Fall because I like it when flowers just appear year after year. Suddenly my weed removal had new purpose as I began finding little signs of life, but these plants were so overtaken by weeds that the life was being sucked out of them. They were still there, but they weren't thriving under the weight of the weeds.
Strike a cord? It did with me. How easy it is to let the weeds overtake the life within us. Our joy. Our energy. Our purpose. Our hope. But weeds are tricky. Some of them can begin looking like a normal part of the landscape, so it's important to take a hard look and see where we might have 'weeds' running the show. Our wellness isn't always about implementing a self-care strategy. Sometimes, our wellness hinges on some serious weed removal so there's room for good things to take root and thrive.
Everyone's 'weeds' are different, but here's a few varieties:
These are just a few, but you get the idea. They are all weeds that can take over if we don't identify them and find effective ways to mitigate them. And the thing about weeds is that they seem to like to come back, so our tending to them is typically not a one-and-done. However, if we are mindful of keeping ahead of them, we are bound to grow, thrive, and contribute to the unique beauty and strength of our landscape.
Disclaimer: Joe looked at this and thought these were stock photos. These are NOT stock photos, thank you very much. They are totally plants that I uncovered at our house!!
There's no one right way to go about this. It might be necessary to try a variety of approaches to make way for the thriving that is within you. Here are just a few suggestions (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, rather a springboard to getting started!):