Weed out weeds early: Nature gives us an opportunity every Spring to rid our lives of weeds. Every year, we get a chance to remove the problem(s) when it’s small and manageable, yet human nature takes over, and causes us to defer, or completely ignore it. By the time we finally feel compelled to act, the task seems daunting. We resign and say “ugh, just too much work…why didn’t I act earlier?”.
looks harmless, right?
Problem is, we say it year after year! Why can’t we learn our lesson from years past? It’s because we opt for a short term fix, and do one of three things:
1) Do-nothing approach: we let the weeds take over. We avoid the problem – shut our eyes every time we walk past our lawn. We convince ourselves there is no problem or it’s not that bad.
2) Patchy approach: Weekly, we force ourselves to pluck out a few weeks. We do just enough to mask the magnitude of the problem, fully knowing we’ll never get ahead. We maintain the ugly status quo.
3) Go-pro approach: We hire an expert to get in, kill, and get out. We reluctantly pay big bucks to do something we are completely capable of doing, but just never made it a priority.
Weed out weeds early this Spring, my advice to you is to do something different:
1) Be proactive: take care of it before it spins out of control and takes over your lawn (again).
Remember, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. In fact, it’s even worse because its adapted itself to look like grass and hide!
2) Be thankful: How often in life are you given a second chance; a fresh start? (For free. And with no strings attached or resentment from the neglect that occurred the year before)? That’s rare. Thank you Mother Nature for ridding us of our problems every winter and giving us an annual opportunity to do things better.
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3) Be mindful: Everything I’ve said translates easily to your life and how you live it. Weeds are a metaphor for how we deal with relationships, negative thinking, fears, career choices, new-years resolutions, debt, dieting, and anything standing in your way of being a better you.
So, going forward, every time you see a weed (physically or metaphorically), especially the stubborn ones from last year, make a conscious choice to intervene early. Guaranteed you will have a much better year.
If someone you know is in the process of getting rid of their Weed out weeds early this Spring, send them a colorful spring arrangement. I’d send this one…complete with an umbrella to get them through those rainy days.