There It Is!

(From July — Warmer Days)

Thanks to the gritty determination of some family members, what appeared to be a weed patch in our yard is once again a flower garden. I thought it was probably in there someplace, but despite my efforts spending a few hours here and there, the weeds got away from me, so I was very, very happy to see the weeds being pulled and the flowers uncovered.

The job got done just in time for a family gathering at our place last weekend, and I felt a little guilty taking compliments for the garden when so much of the work uncloaking it came from others, but it wasn’t the first time I’ve felt guilty about something, so I let them say nice things without stopping them.

Uncovering the flowers made me think about other things in life that exist, but are overgrown by other kinds of “weeds” in our lives.

For starters, a family is a beautiful thing, but some families lose track of that over disagreements, harsh words, slights, and other debris of life, and miss the amazing bond that families have. It’s still there, but needs to be uncovered by forgiveness and honest conversation.

Our nation is also quite amazing. It is, as we can see, the place other people want to come to because of our freedoms and our wealth – which are related, in my opinion.

But, we have the “weeds” of extreme disagreement over things like the appropriate role of government in our lives, the fiscal policies we should follow, and how to deal with threats from abroad. They sometimes get in the way of seeing the true beauty – both physical and philosophical – of our country. Imperfect though we are, no country has done more good for so many people around the world, and no country offers every citizen the opportunity to succeed more than ours. It’s easy to forget those things when there is so much discord and turmoil around us.

It’s hard, but I try to live my life being grateful for what I have, and optimistic about the future of our country. It’s like the flower garden: the flowers were in there, it just took a lot of work to break through the weeds to expose them, and let their beauty thrive in the sunlight.

It would have been a big mistake to spray weed killer on the garden. Sure, it would have killed the weeds, but it would have killed the flowers too. I hope we all have the vision to see the flowers in our gardens, our families, and our country, and should follow, and how to deal with threats from abroad. They sometimes get in the way of seeing the true beauty – both physical and philosophical – of our country. Imperfect though we are, no country has done more good for so many people around the world, and no country offers every citizen the opportunity to succeed more than ours. It’s easy to forget those things when there is so much discord and turmoil around us.

It’s hard, but I try to live my life being grateful for what I have, and optimistic about the future of our country. It’s like the flower garden: the flowers were in there, it just took a lot of work to break through the weeds to expose them, and let their beauty thrive in the sunlight.

It would have been a big mistake to spray weed killer on the garden. Sure, it would have killed the weeds, but it would have killed the flowers too. I hope we all have the vision to see the flowers in our gardens, our families, and our country, and that we’re ready, willing, and able to do the hard work needed to bring them to the sunlight.

 

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