At the time, I thought: are you crazy? Chores are things I don't like doing! Isn't that the definition of a chore?
But this weekend, I was outside weeding in our front yard and I realized that actually, weeding is a chore I like doing. We have our front yard landscaped with native plants, which makes the yard low water use- or really, no water use. We don't water our front yard anymore. The yard is also relatively low maintenance, but in the winter and spring time, particularly after it rains, we get weeds.
The thing is, when I go out to pull weeds, it is on one of the nice days after the rain. So I get to sit in the sun (or occasionally, the pseudo-sun of one of our cloudy days) and enjoy the outdoors. If I'm lucky, Mr. Snarky keeps the kids occupied, or they want to color with chalk on the driveway, and I can let my mind wander while I systematically pull up weeds. There is obvious progress. I get fresh air. I might even get peace and quiet. What's not to like?
I've written before how I find weeding to be an apt metaphor for life. I continue to find lessons in weeding. Here are my latest:
Something can be really pretty. If it is growing where you don't want it, it is still a weed.
|Pretty. But still a weed.|
It is best to wait until the rain stops and the ground dries a bit before you try to pull weeds, or you'll bring up a lot more of the soil that you really want.
The big things are sometimes easier to fix than the little ones.
Do you have any life lessons from chores?