My mother has a saying that weeds are just flowers growing in the wrong place. I love metaphors, and as I looked at the weeds lining the side of the road my mind turned to other things in my life. What is there in my life that feels like it is out of place? Should I get rid of it, or look closer and appreciate its beauty? Who decides what is a weed and what is a flower? Is my inner critic turning flowers into weeds? What is it about something a bit wild that holds a particular appeal? Weeds seem to be able to grow anywhere with great tenacity; in what ways have I been tested, shown tenacity, and something beautiful has grown out of it?
- There is beauty everywhere when you are looking for it. The more you do this the happier you will be. Here is my favourite video illustrating just that
- What do you see as ‘weeds’ in yourself? We all have pockets of shame, things we prefer to keep hidden. What happens when we look more closely at these things with self-compassion? I just re-watched this TED talk by Brene Brown and I highly recommend it if you have 15 minutes
- Take a moment to look back on times in your life that you were truly tested. Look back through a softer, kinder lens and notice what beautiful things grew out of it. Perhaps it was resilience or ‘grit‘. Knowing good things can come out of challenging situations helps us have the confidence to navigate them.