Weeds. They are the bane of my existence it seems. Just when I get one area caught up, another is awaiting my attention. Sometimes I keep up with them regularly, pulling each little sprout as I find it. Other times (like lately...) a variety of areas compete for my time and attention and soon the sprouts are spreading, threatening to get out of control if I don't take some quick action.
Gardening teaches me a lot about myself and the weeds are no exception for I have found they exist elsewhere - the soil of my mind. Just a small unhealthy thought, a tiny little seed, and left alone it sprouts. Even worse, I feed it with doubt or fear and soon there is a full grown weed in there that is much harder to remove than if I had just plucked it right away.
A few years back we watched a television program with hidden cameras and an actor portraying a sales clerk who was informing customers that the store policy was they didn't give change back. Can you even imagine? The poor store patrons could not. The "clerk" pointed to the sign clearly stating that the store policy was indeed no change back. One after the other the customers would react with surprise, frustration or even anger as the clerk explained the policy over and over. One gentleman, however, did not. He questioned it and then just shrugged it off. The host of the show stepped in revealing that this was a hidden camera and asked the man why he didn't get upset or angry like the others. I will never forget his response: "I don't let people rent space in my head."
I have thought of his response often. It's easy to let negative thoughts or hurtful comments rent space in my head. I also find it is much easier to pluck those thoughts when they are just seeds and replace them with something better. It's my choice - flowers or weeds.