Spring is quickly approaching and with it comes blooming flowers, baby animals, and weeds. One of my most vivid childhood memories is playing in the front yard as my father and mother pulled weeds from the flower beds. I would “help” by doing cartwheels across the lawn and spinning in my sparkly springtime skirts. When I would actually do some work, I loved to find the weeds with the deepest and toughest roots. I would pull on the pesky plant with all my might until the leaves popped off and we would have to bring out a trowel to dig out what was left underground.
Once all the weeds had been pulled out we would layer new mulch over the barren ground. The smell still lingers on my nose of dirt caked palms and moist shredded mulch. Smiling and giggling, I would jump up as my father would lift me into our big red wheel barrow before heading over for a new load of mulch. I realize now that just as warm weather brings out those weather worn, dowdy plants it brings out those people too. My discovery was made at work a previous evening.
Cleaning counters and starting up a new batch of popcorn, an elderly man came in and asked to use the restroom. He seemed kind yet a bit untidy. Without a second thought, I told him yes and continued on with my work. A while later, after the man had left, a co-worker went to use the restroom. It was at this time that we realized the man had been smoking a substance of sorts and certainly had no intention of actually using the restroom. The man was long gone once we made the discovery and an “out of order” sign had to be hung on the restroom door. My first example of spring time weeding for 2015. I have absolutely no intention of this man to be plucked at or dug into with a trowel, but in a not so literal sense I hope he will clean up his own act to replace his weedy actions.
The man has an addiction. Spring time, however, would be one of the best times to pick up a theoretical trowel and dig deep at those tough rooted addictions. I am proud to say I don’t have any such addiction to tug out of dry mulch, but I am excited to dig up some weeds and lay down that rich new mulch. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to just be weeding the garden and cleaning the house. Spring can be a time to renew your choices and look at those deep rooted problems you may have. Realize that just as weeds have long hooked roots, while they sometimes take a few jabs from a gardening tool, sometimes it only takes one strong tug to clear them out. Look at yourself this spring. Where can you pull some weeds? Where can you lay some mulch?
A personal example will be procrastination and a minor case of hoarding. My house certainly isn’t filled to the brim with trash, but over time small piles will build up where I was too lazy to hang freshly washed clothes or too busy to throw away flyers sent daily by colleges. Taking half an hour out of every day to pick up around the house may be good for me to keep up with a clean living environment and to help take some extra stress off of my parents. Already, I am prepared to weed out some of my worst habits. This goes to show that you don’t have to face your deepest, toughest rooted problem right away. Start small and maybe by next year or even the year after that you’ll be able to pull up a large problem with one big tug.