Flowers or weeds?



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.






  
    

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  1. Brilliant!

    ...also, are those your weeds in the first photo? They are beautiful!

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  2. Amen! I say many weeds are just flowers in disguise :)

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  3. BEST POST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    Would you mind if I linked to you in Thistlekeeping?

    You are brilliant!

    karianne

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  4. Awesome post, Mindy! Well said and so very true.
    How easy it is to allow small things to fester and become big and even out of control in our thoughts.
    Thank you for this reminder and good food (truth) for our brains to ponder on.

    Have a glorious day!

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  5. Awesome post, Mindy! Well said and so very true.
    How easy it is to allow small things to fester and become big and even out of control in our thoughts.
    Thank you for this reminder and good food (truth) for our brains to ponder on.

    Have a glorious day!

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  6. Awesome post, Mindy! Well said and so very true.
    How easy it is to allow small things to fester and become big and even out of control in our thoughts.
    Thank you for this reminder and good food (truth) for our brains to ponder on.

    Have a glorious day!

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  7. Very thoughtful post Mindy, at times it is very easy to replace those weeds and other times, well it tales more work. Beautiful writing.......

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  8. This is something that we need to hear often because we easily forget such sage advice the next time we run into someone who is offensive in some way.
    I find as I get older I'm better at ignoring that kind of silliness but I will now keep that phrase in my head as a helper. Thanks, Mindy!

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  9. This is something that we need to hear often because we easily forget such sage advice the next time we run into someone who is offensive in some way.
    I find as I get older I'm better at ignoring that kind of silliness but I will now keep that phrase in my head as a helper. Thanks, Mindy!

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