We are smack dab in the middle of summer here in the Northeast. It is beautiful and our gardens, begun months ago, are in glorious color. Tending them has not been as difficult as in years past because the weather has cooperated so nicely – not too hot so far, not too dry nor too rainy. But none the less, the weeds have come. Despite our best efforts at the start of the season, they creep into our flower beds and must be rooted out before they overtake everything.
This got us to thinking about gardens in a metaphorical sense. Our lives, like gardens, need to be watered, weeded, fed and cared for on many levels (emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially). And sometimes, despite our best efforts, “weeds” can creep in and overtake us. What are the weeds in your life? Doubt? Despair? Selfishness? Judgment? Are they metaphorical or literal – maybe too much junk food in your diet or obsession with material possessions? Whatever your “weeds”, it is best to get to the root of the problem to attempt to remove them. Sometimes the roots are deep and hard to dig up but if you only remove the surface weed, the part that is visible on the outside, it will eventually grow back.
This week, we challenge you to take a good look at your garden and decide what’s worth keeping and manicuring and what needs to go. You will feel so good when you can look back and see the fruits of your labor!