A couple years ago we had worked diligently and cleared a path and few tiers to make sections of the backyard usable. But once my daughter was born it has been more difficult to get out there regularly to keep it cleared.
For those of you who don't know invasive honeysuckle, it grows fast and they pop up from the the same root system. When you try to pull them their defense is to snap off leaving the root to continue growing more stalks. It is a huge network of trees all strung together and incredibly hard to eradicate.
As we continue the battle to remove the honeysuckle, we also seek an equally invasive preferred ground cover that could perhaps fill in where grass will not grow and leave less room for the honeysuckle to continue coming through. Where there is open dirt, something is going to grow. It is just a matter of what we choose to plant and how we tend it.
Our minds work the same way. The mind is bound to have thoughts floating around, it is just its nature. And when times are tough or the roots of depression begin to creep in it can be hard to eradicate them. Having something else planted, something we choose, can help make it easier to limit where the negative thoughts can grow.
Gratitude is the "ground cover" for my mind. When things are tough and you are feeling there isn't much to be grateful for; that is exactly when you need to practice gratitude the most! There is always something to be grateful for but it is easier to see it when things are going well.
If you can plant a strong enough gratitude mindset, create a daily gratitude routine, then it is easier to find things to be grateful for when times are challenging. And you may just find that the lows aren't as low when you have those supportive thoughts and practices in place.
I'm grateful to get to work in the yard this weekend. I'm grateful for the large section of honeysuckle that got cleared. I'm grateful for the pride I feel in that hard work. I'm equally grateful to see the symbolism between nature and the mind. I'm grateful to know I have a choice what I focus on and what thoughts I allow to run wild. I'm grateful to tend to my gratitude practice daily and make sure its roots are strong in my mind. I'm grateful to be in a good place with a good mindset and equally grateful to know that gratitude will help bolster me when things are challenging.
What are you grateful for? I don't want to hear excuses or "not much". You have blessings in your life and no matter how rough things are right now, there is always something to be grateful for; so open your heart and look. Who inspires you? Who showed you love or kindness? What are some conveniences that make your life just a little easier? Are you alive? Then you have an opportunity to be grateful.
May today remind us of all the things there are to be grateful for. May we find ways to support our minds in seeing our blessings and support each other in finding ways back to the light. Have a beautiful day!