A few weeks ago as I was (grudgingly) pulling weeds from my flower beds so that I could enjoy the beauty of the flowers a little longer this summer, I started thinking about how life is a lot like a flower bed. We have been given a beautiful garden called Life. There are weeds in this garden. Sometimes they go by the name of greed, jealousy, bad attitude, hate and selfishness. Just like in a bed of flowers, if we don’t pull those weeds every so often they will eventually take over and choke out the beauty in our life. Sometimes the weeds in our lives don’t want to let go and we really have to work hard and dig to remove them.
As I was pulling weeds that day, I decided to make a promise to myself that every so often I will weed out my life and I will do my best to maintain and nurture my life by trying to help others in need, keeping positive thoughts and a positive attitude and surrounding myself with people who will support me and help me keep the weeds out.
My mom taught me so much more than just how to keep a flower bed beautiful…she taught me about the beauty of life. She helped me realize that while some people complain because there are weeds among the flowers, others give thanks that there are flowers among the weeds.