Today I decided to do some gardening. It’s been a while since I last had the opportunity to
enjoy some free time do some house maintenance – why it’s been a while is another story.
Unfortunately my garden is in a terrible mess. Winter is over, the grass is long, the trees need triming ect ect.
So, after a nice morning coffee and some breakfast, I grabbed my shovel, my pick, my rake, wore my gloves and got to work!!!!!
First thing I decided to do was to start clearing up the long grass and weeds. Trust me, there
were are A LOT of them. I piled them up and after a few of hours of hard work I decided to take a look at what I had done for the day. The garden looked much nicer already but the 3 piles were huge.
I wonder what i’ll do with them. I’ll probably burn everything when I finish digging out all the grass and weeds.
I’ll continue my hard work tomorrow. I have to admit though that it was nice to see my garden looking better already and all the work I did was nothing compared to the satisfaction that followed.
I’m sure a lot of you know how hard it is to keep a garden in shape, especially if you haven’t already given it the attention it needs. If you don’t take care of it well enough you will have to do double the work next time to get it back in shape.
The grass will grow too long, the trees would need more triming and you will have a lot more to dispose of when you are done.
Just a thought now…
Let’s say that in a few days I have my garden looking great. Everything that was needed to be done has been done and there is no more work to do. No weeds, no untrimmed trees, the flowers look beautiful ect ect. I would be very proud of it. Correct?
BUT… Is there really nothing else to be done?
The answer is NO. Why? Simply because if I stop taking care of it, if I stop spending time looking after it, if I don’t give it any attention for a long time, what will happen? It will end up being in terrible condition again just like it was before I started working on it and I’ll have to start all over again, just like I did today.
All I would need to do from now on is to spend a little time on it every few weeks and it will always look great. Right?
The big question now is : “Why am I saying all this? Why did I just use 465 (with this sentence included) words to talk about my garden?”
Well, while I was eating lunch, I was thinking about what I did today and what I should work on tomorrow.
Then I had a thought : “Isn’t life just like a garden?”
The answer I gave to myself was : “Life is like gardening. If you don’t constantly work on it, it will get out of hand.”
What happens if we don’t give ourself the attention we need? What happens if we don’t work on solving our problems when they show up and instead we keep “leaving them for tomorrow”.
All those problems will just build up on us and soon enough there will be too many to deal with and it will be harder and harder to solve them.
Just like in our garden. If we take care of all the weeds when they are few and small, our garden will always look great. If not, they will keep growing and growing till they start suffocating our garden and we will need to work much harder to dispose of them.
Thats exactly how life is. Problems will just keep coming and coming and it is best to try solve them nice and early before they grow and grow and start to take control over us.
Then our life will always be better just like our garden would always look nicer.
Of course there is the “luck” factor. Some problems are impossible to deal with because of bad luck, just like a garden that gets ruined by terrible weather conditions for example, but we control 95% of our lives and luck can’t always be an excuse for everything that goes wrong.
In order to conclude this “philosophical” blog post i’ll just say that we should always be alert and prepared to deal with all the
weeds problems that try to take over our garden life and never lose faith in ourselves because we are much stronger and more capable of acomplishing things than we often think we are.
If you ever questions yourself about what you are capable of doing, perhaps this inspirational quote from “Rocky Balboa” could help raise your confidence :
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain’t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
See it on youtube here: