Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 17,143: What to Keep

I guess I must've been hasty in my springtime weeding.  I typically have a bigger plant with more flowers by now.  This year, it's just a wee plantlet with this solitary Black-Eyed Susan bloom. 

I do that sometimes ... get a bit overzealous when it comes to figuring out what to keep and what to toss.  Suddenly everything has to go.  Every green leafy is a weed.  Not only within my garden, but also specific areas of my home, my life, and myself. 

It happens when I focus on the finish rather than the process ... when I stop caring if the baby goes with the bathwater.  After the high of the cleanup completed, there's the aftermath.  Wanting back what I've lost.  Regretting what I've tossed.

So today I am grateful for this one sweet flower and the message that it sends me.  Slow down.  Look closely.  Discard with care.


Jakk said...

So I had the nudge to try recording this post for you ... to tell you the story. Blogger wouldn't let me upload it directly into the post, so I put it on my main website and include the link for lack of a better idea on how to do it:

Amy said...

This is SO beautiful!!!! I want more stories with your voice behind them!!!! And just so ya know, we have loads of Black Eyed Susan's to share should you want some.... xoxoxo

Beth said...

Julie! I loved hearing this! So glad that I came over here to leave a comment. Me, too, with the discarding.
Please, more recordings!

Jakk said...

You two are so sweet! I have set up an official "listen" page:

I probably won't do every post, but we will see how it goes. In the meantime, I am going to research plug-ins, because there has to be an easier way to do this.

You can right click to save in case you want me to tell you these stories on your iPod. ;)