It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chapter 1, Page 21, Book 10


The last few days have been warm enough that a lot of our snow has melted. On my way to the mailbox which is by the road at work, I noticed that the weeds had not died out at all, one in particular looked like it had yellow buds on it. Around the parking lot they have some nicely landscaped areas that have trees and bushes and they are surrounded by thick layers of mulch. This mulch is a breeding ground for weeds and every year it is a fight to get rid of them.

Weeds are persistent because sometimes when you pluck up a weed you don't get the whole plant. Weeds are so hardy that if some of the roots are still there it can grow back. Some weeds also have seeds that can fly large distances on the wind. I think we must catch all the seeds around and certainly don’t get to the root of the problem.

Some weeds are so persistent they grow in cracks of cement, and even on roof tops. Here we’ve been below freezing for over a month and those weeds didn’t die out at all but are flourishing and even attempting to bloom

Talk about perseverance, these weeds really have it.

Which brings me to….


Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

We aren’t necessarily better or worse than anyone else, just different. We are each our unique selves. Looking at your own personal development is far more effective than comparing yourself to someone who may have any number of opportunities, more support or better finances than you. Don’t sell yourself short.

Instead of comparing ourselves to other people create the habit of comparing yourself to yourself. This will help us to create feelings of gratitude, appreciation and kindness towards ourselves as we observe just how far we have come, the obstacles we have overcome and the good stuff we have done.

We are all so very different and it’s not fair to ourselves or others to make comparisons.

Just like those weeds in the landscaping at work, we all need to be persistent and bloom where we are planted.

‘On Ya’-ma


Jan said...

Getting back into blogging a bit now lol lovely message to day ...lov ve Jan xx

Joyful Days said...

Oh, I love this. It's hard to do, but the secret to happiness. Have a great day!!



Kath said...

Wise words again Ma,each posting you do is so inspiring.Thankyou for taking time out each day to post these lovely words.I love this post about the weeds.Enjoy your day.Safe journeys home.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

grammy said...

I find that it is easy to look at the computer and see peoples 'Stuff' and I wish I could have that or do that. I shake it off and laugh at myself... but I am pretty sure it has an impact on people.

betty said...

loved how you wrote about the weeds and persevering. I do agree that we need to bloom where we are planted and we need to appreciate the gifts God gave us and not have "gift envy" like Rick Warren wrote about in Purpose Driven Life. I know for years I had "gift envy" with my husband's ability to play guitar and being able to use it for worshiping at church, but I do believe the Lord gave us the gifts he needs to get his kingdom work done and not everyone can have the same gift otherwise all the work won't get done, right?

glad you had warm weather for a bit, a mini spring!


Sybil said...

All to true about them there weeds Ma..If only our other plants could survive the winter. It costs me a fortune to buy them each spring...Very wet but mild here this morning.
Love Sybil xx