Today I made some time to get out there. One section of one tier was grass that had taken over. The ivy, dandelions, clover, and several other plants had staked a solid claim as well.
I knew I wouldn't get it done in one shot, or even one day. The majority of our front yard is all tiered flower gardens...well weed gardens anyway. I told myself I would at least make a small dent and I jumped in.
As I pulled I answered some of my daughter's questions and listened to her ever running monologue. For a short while she found the attention of our awesome neighbors.
What I noticed though was as I pulled and cleared I didn't feel rushed. I didn't feel like there was a weight on me of all the other things I needed to get done. I didn't even feel bothered by the steady flow of words and questions from my daughter that unfortunately is sometimes the case when I have a lot to do.
Instead it felt like this was the only thing on earth I needed to be doing in that moment. It felt like a lazy summer day where I had no where to be and no agenda. It felt...amazing! It felt great to be present.
I'm so grateful for this moment. I'm grateful to find a place to slow down and still be crossing off items of the list. I'm grateful for a very productive morning. I'm grateful my youngest had a good morning nap that allowed me to work on the weeds without having to worry about her diet. I'm grateful for my daughter's questions and insight. I'm grateful to toss in a few bits of "education" and see her thoughts. I'm grateful she is into exploring bugs. I'm grateful to get a good section of the garden back to decent shape.
Where do you feel most present? When was the last time you had your hands in the dirt? What "weeds" need pulled from your life?
May today remind us to slow down and find a place to just be present. May we weed the unnecessary stress out of our lives and find beauty in the moment we're in. Have a beautiful day!