This is Day 181 of the Green in 365 series!
Do you ever have great ideas and plans in your mind, but they don’t play out in your life the way that you want or expect? Or you look at your life and think, “This isn’t quite what I had in mind!”
I do this a lot in my life. In the big, overall picture of my life. And also in the small projects that I just don’t have the time and energy to complete the way I would like to.
Take our front yard and garden for instance.
When I open my front door and look out over my “garden” area, this is what I see.
There is nothing growing there that will actually produce food. Yes, it’s all weeds!
And this is our front yard right now. Yes, our neighbors must hate us!
You see, we have great plans and intentions for our front yard. My husband worked really hard several years ago to take out over half of the lawn and replace it with tiered rock wall beds, and made a raised bed garden area for me on the side of the house. But our big plans have not really worked out the way we expected them to.
Grass doesn’t grow in what is left of the lawn area of our yard. For two years in a row we’ve tried to grow a nice green lawn, and it just hasn’t made it. One side is low growing weeds. The other side has a strange kind of weed grass that is taking over!
We didn’t get our garden planted this year the way we wanted to. Busy weekends meant there was no time to get the beds ready and planted, so they’ve just been taken over by weeds, and I’m mourning the loss of growing our own vegetables this year.
But, there is still beauty in the midst of our yard. If you zoom in, and take a closer look, you will see it.
The huge and beautiful day-lillies in bloom.
Pops of purple.
And red and yellow.
These are coneflowers. Also knows as Echinacea.
They were here when we moved in, and I just realized what they were last year! I’m really hoping to make an Echinacea tincture this year from the fresh flowers and leaves to have on hand for my family when cold and flu season hits.
This is a lavender plant. Again it was here when we moved in. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to figure out what to do with it. Besides this dried lavender pot, I really have no clue. But I know that it’s both beautiful and useful.
I think my yard is teaching me a lesson about life this year.
You may have plans and goals and expectations for your life that aren’t working out the way you expected them too. I know I do. I wanted to plant a garden, and an herb garden. We want to replace the grass with ground cover and perennials. But instead it’s just an overgrown mess of ugliness. The same is true in many ways of my life right now.
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t beauty and blessings in the midst of the craziness. You could be missing out on it if you’re only focusing on the big picture and not taking the time to pause and zoom in and notice the beauty and grace that is all around you in the small things.
That’s the lesson that I’m taking away from my overgrown and ugly yard and garden tonight.
So I’m giving myself grace. Letting go of the plans for the yard and garden this year. Instead I’m focusing on the good things.
Take time to notice the beauty. My children playing and laughing. Singing and snuggling. Sweet kisses and skinned knees.
Stop and smell the roses. Count the beautiful blessings in your life. Appreciate the small moments of grace and beauty. They are all around you.
And then send your husband out to cut the grass!
And there’s always next year to plan and grow a beautiful yard and garden!
Do you have plans and projects in your life that haven’t worked out the way that you expected? How do you take the time to see the beauty in the midst of the craziness of life?
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