Today in Melbourne I woke to a cold grey sky and a wet and dreary morning, which matched the heaviness in my heart. But I refused to let it overwhelm me. So I rugged up, donned my gardening gloves and hit the garden for a bit of green thumb therapy.
My garden is a mess. It’s overgrown with weeds and grass. The combination of a wet winter and neglect has turned it into a jungle of biblical proportions! I haven’t had the time, nor the motivation, to tackle it. Until now.
But where to start? So much for not feeling over whelmed! And then I stopped and thought, focus. Just focus. One step at a time. One patch at a time. I’ll get through it.
Plus I had my friends with me. Things always seem easier when friends are around.
Especially a certain little lamb who did her bit to help.
How often do we look at the big picture and feel completely overwhelmed with life? So often, the biggest step is just making a start. So today I did just that. I dug my hands into the earth. I pulled out weeds and grass, bit by bit, and it felt therapeutic. It will take a while but with willingness and determination I can take control of my garden again.
By midday the sky had brightened and for a couple of hours I relished the sunshine. All my senses felt alive and amidst the sadness I gave thanks for everything, even the weeds and the grass, the good and the bad, all the experiences that have lead me to where I am.
I felt mum with me. In the trees around me, in the cool breeze which warmed as the morning lengthened. In the buds of the fruit trees which are springing to life.
And in the one white Lily that graced the plant near our lemon tree.
It was one of her favorite flowers. The droplets of rain on it looked like tear drops.
Tonight my hands are aching from all the weeding but it’s a good ache.
Life feels a bit like my garden, and right now it’s overwhelming, but I know it’s all about perseverance, hard work and focus. Once the weeds are gone my garden will flourish.
My garden will be beautiful again. And so will life.
So long as we never give up hope… and tending to the weeds!
May we always look out for the beauty around us, where ever we are and in whatever our circumstances. Wishing everyone a happy Monday and a grateful week ahead.
In response to Mundane Monday #73– a challenge created to find beauty in ordinary every day things.