Flowers and Weeds #100sharesproject 60/100

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What is a weed?  I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions.  For me, a weed is a plant out of place.  ~Donald Culross Peattie
Friday 17 June 2016
60/100
As we drove down the road, Rozy kept noticing all the Queen Anne’s Lace.  It’s June in Georgia and there are huge, delicate, compound flowers everywhere.  They look like they should be on the back of your grandma’s sofa not by the roadside.
Rozy:  What is the difference between weeds and flowers?
Me:  Perception.  You get to decide.  If you want it in your garden, it’s not a weed.

7 May 2015 Spent the afternoon taking photos, making wishes and telling stories over tea with @kt757nc #greeneyes #disneyprincess

I then went on about the benefits of dandelion greens and other plants that have uses that we’ve long forgotten.  I’m pretty passionate about native plantings and noticing what manages to reseed and survive without a lot of intervention from me.
I would have little to no grass in the front yard if our HOA didn’t insist.  I would rather have a yard filled with paths and beds of veggies and zinnias and hearty perennials.
We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt – as matter out of place.  What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it.  ~E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935
And then, because plants love to hand me life lessons, I got to thinking about qualities in my own life that I call weeds.  There are for sure some things that just don’t belong.  My free-spirit can turn into isolation and my love of learning can become a perpetual research project that never results in product.  I’m also a storyteller which can turn into inaccuracies that sell others short and create non-existent safety issues.  I definitely have to keep tabs on those behaviors.  I pull those weeds quickly.
Weeds are nature’s graffiti. ~J.L.W. Brooks

Friday 3 June 2016 46/100 "You can't course-correct if you're not doing anything." @kfiddler783  It’s dandelion season!  Yards and roadsides are full of weeds.  Also, I’ve been on a yellow kick.  No surprise that one day while out driving, these caught my eye. So, I stopped. Never mind that it was way too sunny to shoot wide open and that time was short.  I stopped.  Even though nothing about the moment was perfect.  I acknowledged that something caught my eye and I didn't fall into the I'll-come-back-later trap. I stopped, when it would have been much easier to drive on.  Perfectionism is a real thing and it can be overcome.  By being willing to do something less than perfect…as you learn. Sometimes when I give myself permission to stop, I keep moving. Another Katie quote to help you beat the Resistance: "Don't be paralyzed by overthinking, just create." Enjoy my wise friend.  #beinyourlife #the100dayproject #100sharesproject

However, there are other qualities in my life that flower and have medicinal purposes; qualities that are resilient and persistent.  Things that the world would call weeds, but that I want growing in the garden of my soul.
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  ~Doug Larson
In a world of manicured lawns and six-packs of petunias from the hardware store some of my bohemian ideas and contemplative habits don’t always align w productivity and efficiency.   I’ve made peace with that.  I’ve decided to keep the ability to stay awake and aware of my emotions, even the darker ones.  I’ll keep learning new ways to stay engaged with passion and emotions in a responsible way.  And I’ll continue to forge a path through the dark woods for myself and others.
yellow pasture flowers
I learn more about God
From weeds than from roses;
Resilience springing
Through the smallest chink of hope
In the absolute of concrete….
~Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives
 
BE in your life,
Betsy
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