Every spring we plant a garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers are regulars. We did this year as usual, along with eggplant. We had greens earlier in the season. Every year, I promise myself I will keep up with the weeding. And every year, I don’t. Including this year.
I spent time yesterday trying to restore order from the chaos among the tomatoes and peppers. I will work on it some more over the next few days. I ask myself why I even bother to plant. Of course, we have fresh vegetables to eat. Usually we have enough to put extra in the freezer. I always make pickles.
Along the same lines, I got a dozen herbs and potted them. During the days of neglecting the garden, I also neglected the herbs. I didn’t get them watered in time and lost a couple. Why? I ask myself.
It is because I don’t keep up with the weeding and watering. I let the grass grow in the tomatoes and the pots go dry on the carport and my life get overcrowded and parched as well.
So often I plan a project, prepare for it, launch it, progress with it. Then suddenly I look up and it has fallen by the way and been overrun with weeds. In the past few years, I have been less productive. I have also launched fewer projects.
My main project at this point is editing. Even with the garden and flower beds and yard care, I am working toward less to maintain. I am looking for beautifully streamlined set ups. Yard care, home care, personal care, self-entertainment. Streamlining and editing the things that must be done to make room for the things that are a joy to do.
I want my house to be tidy and clean all the time. I want my flower beds and vegetable garden to always be in great shape. I want my chores and personal care to be perfectly current. I want time to read and watch movies. I want to cook delicious meals for him. I want to feel energetic and enthusiastic all the time. I want time to paint my walls and redecorate my house. I want time to fish and to go swimming. I want time to go visit family and friends. I want to visit museums and parks and go to the zoo.
I want so much and reach for so much, I don’t have time or opportunity or energy to keep up. The weeds invariably grow in some areas. Streamlining. That is my current project. I am streamlining as many processes and areas as possible. Get rid of this to make time for that. Weed out this just because it isn’t worth the place it takes in my home or my life to keep up. This includes hobbies I thought I wanted to pursue. I have gotten rid of more arts and crafts things. I do still backslide in this area. But, I am quicker to notice and redirect my path. Even getting rid of or returning items I have purchased very soon after acquisition.
Weeding. My life, my home, my heart, my mind. Digging out things that don’t belong and making space for things that bring forth fruits of joy and satisfaction. I am happy with my progress. I see more and more ways to make a difference, to improve my allocations of resources. I enjoy the process of housekeeping. I simply want to be sure the house I am keeping is one of my choosing and not what I have allowed to creep in like the weeds in my garden.
There is a reason growing in California to increase my rate of progress toward my goals these days. I need to get my life, my home and my resources in order. She won’t be here in this house for a good long while. But, she is already taking over my heart and my mind like a weed! She is one weed I will keep!