I have noticed a lot of posts lately about everyone feeling down and out. I too have been feeling the same. When I stopped and thought about it, I smiled at the thought: We are all connected. We are all caring people here. Its been shown time and time again in our responses to each others pain. I would like to suggest something, with Ava and Katie as inspiration, that we all take a day or so and focus on the positive for each other.
We all are working hard. We do a lot of affirmations, gratitude lists and all that good stuff. For the next few days, I am taking a break from Me. I am going to focus my affirmations, and gratitude lists on everyone else. My reasoning behind this is two fold. One is the above, we are all connected, and I want to send only positive loving vibes to all my friends. The other is a more selfish reason. This is what I have been thinking about. Letting the seed grow.
A slightly long intro, so theres no point in saying this is gonna be short but Ill try to sum the rest of this up fast. I lovingly admit that I got this from the bible, and from my recent reading of "The Answer" by John Assaraf.
I do a lot of gardening so this was a slap upside my head when it finally hit me. I had a duh moment. I also have done a ton of moving around. I like places with yards and land. Just about every place I have moved into has had an area to plant flowers or veggies. Usually though, these soil patches have not been maintained properly and are full of weeds and crusty soil. So, when I first move in, I clean it up. I work hard day after day. I pull up the weeds. Then I add some fresh new soil full of nutrients to the top and mix it in, breaking up the old soil and making sure its nice and refreshed. I then lay my irrigation lines if the area I am working with is big enough.
After all that is done, I plant my seeds. At this point, I am usually relieved. I love doing yard work, but by this time I am burnt out. My friends and family are also relieved because I usually seclude myself during this time. So for the next week or two, I water when needed and dont tend to it much. I notice the weeds growing but I will let them go a bit before pulling them out. Not too long as to let the roots really dig in though.
Like I said I do that for a week or two. I then begin regular maintenance. I run my water and out of habit begin pulling the weeds. The first time doing this after relaxing takes longer then the rest. After the first time, I do it as I see the weeds pop up. I dont really think about it, I see the weed and my reaction is to pull it. My garden is then always beautiful. Not only that, but I can now also spend time with others because I am not having to focus on the garden so much. There are always little weeds here and there, but they dont over ride the beauty of the garden, nor do they get to hang around much.
Along with this, I never once dig up the seed and see how it has progressed. Has it cracked yet? Is it shooting yet? I did once as a young child and found that well, they dont usually continue to grow if you do that.
So to sum it all up. When we have done all this work to overhaul our weed infested, crusty soiled brains, it is ok to just let the garden go for a minute. I have found for me, that I didnt want to take a break. I was worried that the Universe would think I have abandoned my garden. Yes, read that statement again. I dont worry when I let my freshly done garden to grow weeds for a week or two. Why? Because I trust my judgement enough to know I wont let it go too long before that lil voice says, K time to pull weeds. I added this in to just let everyone, including myself, know that its ok to take a break once in a while. We have done the hard part. Now its all about maintenance and patience. If you feel the need to step back and relax, then do so. You may have a few more weeds to pull up, but the nice thing is, your soil is fresh now. Its nice and easy to pull up those weeds. After you are refreshed, you will instinctively start pulling up weeds as they grow as this is habit now. It may just be your brain is saying, Look, we just overhauled this entire garden and have been working non stop. I just need to relax for a second, then we can get back at it.
Dont worry that you, or the universe will forget the seed you planted. You are still watering it by sharing your love with others. The seed is there growing. In its due time, when its suppossed to, you will see a shot coming up and the fruits of your labors will be produced.
I hope this may have helped some out there. Sorry for its length.
Much love and many blessings to you all