I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now and have been confined to my couch when I’m not at work (or at prepaid, planned events). I’ve watched quite a bit of basketball (sorry, Baylor, Purdue), edited many photos, slept, and had many thoughts sloshing around in my head. Unfortunately, most of those thoughts are still sloshing, which has made sleep elusive (that, and the coughing). I hope to start downloading my brain again, but I apologize if to you, the reader, this all seems a little random.
For some reason this just popped into my head: How to get rid of weeds without all the chemicals? How about the old fashioned way? PULL THEM. I think it’s all the Lowe’s commercials I’ve seen the past two days where the couple goes to the Garden Center and gets bags and bottles of chemicals so their flowerbeds will be prettier and more productive that led that thought to pop into my head. Perhaps it was all the time I spent as a kid helping the older folks in my church plant their gardens and flowers in the spring (without chemicals) that has made me wonder why people reach for the quick, man-made solution that could kill everything that’s healthy around the weed, too, and burn holes in their clothes rather than working up a little sweat and just pulling the weed out down to the root, which is usually more eco-friendly and permanent.
This is my brain on decongestants and no sleep.
So, of course, after all the sloshing around in my brain, I began to think about how I’ve been trying to treat this current sinus infection. Instead of reaching for a Zpack or other antibiotic, I have struggled an extra week trying to combat this menace with Ricola cough drops, Sudafed, oregano oil, my neti pot and Puffs (with lotion). Granted, I could have gone to the doctor, gotten the Zpack, and been back to my optimum speed in three or four days, but I’m committed to treating my body with as few chemicals as possible.
Suffice it to say, I’m feeling better, and I’ve managed not to run to the quick fix again, which is a victory and confirmation that, for me, this method is what works.
I used to be the Quick Fix Queen, but often, the problem/illness/character trait would just spring up again, this time bigger and meaner and more resistant to treatment than before. The circle of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, so I’ve tried to walk off the beaten path and see how that works. So far, so good.
Yes, sometimes I still want to run to the quick fix, but experience tells me waiting, working through the problem/illness/whatever to the root/core is what will lead to the most growth. Pulling weeds takes longer, stains your fingers, and sometimes makes the back ache, but in the long run, the soil remains uncontaminated, ready for something new and healthy to grow in its place. Spraying chemicals might kill the weed, but often, all that’s left is a hole where nothing can grow, at least for a while.
If I want a change in health/life/everything to last, I have to go about it in the way that will yield that result. I’m in a season of weeding, of trying to pull out of my life whatever keeps me small, fearful, stuck… by the root. Once and for all.
Be patient with me. Change is difficult, and slow, but if I get to the root of the whatever the current weed in my life is and pull it, I won’t have to go back and repeat this process. The quickest fix of all is to do something right the first time.