The Young Gardeners
Myles Birket Foster, R.W.S. (1825-1899)
My mother used to have a wonderful gardening term whenever she was referring to getting rid of the flotsam and jetsam in her life: "Cut away the dead wood". It's a wonderful term, and it can be applied to so many situations in our lives. Without getting into the details, yesterday we had an exorcism, and we cut away a lot of dead wood. Is that a mixed metaphor? Oh, it probably is, but in this case it does apply.
Myles Birket Foster
Often in life, things are not what they seem -- or even what they seem to seem, if that makes any sense. Sometimes we want everything to be okay, so we ignore all the signs that it is not okay. We all do it. Our intuition is screaming at us, "This is not right!" but we ignore it because we don't want to listen. We just want everything to be okay. If I just do this, or if I just do that ... it will all be okay.
Been there ... done that ... got the tee shirt...
When we finally make the necessary changes, it's as if the sunlight has come back. The darkness has been cast out.
In the 1970s there was a record album and book called "Free to be You and Me", with stories and songs by Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross and many others. The concept was to teach children that they should be happy with their own identity, and that anyone can achieve anything. I believe very strongly in that concept. We are our own persons, and no one has the right to diminish that -- ever. Fear and intimidation are the weapons of the weak. Sooner or later they get found out for what they are.
It feels so good to cut away the dead wood...