When is a Weed not a Weed?

While I was recently reading a book, a mention of weeds got me thinking. They are so often given a bad rap, but do they really deserve it?

weeds-are-flowers-too-once-you-get-to-know-them“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh series (by A.A. Milne) Picture by Pamela

Sure, sometimes weeds can take over the garden, and drown out the plants you particularly want on show, or overrun your vegie patch. But how often do we really think about what the weed actually is? What we consider a weed, may very well be considered a useful or even beautiful plant in another country, or perhaps even by a herbalist’s standards. I studied herbal medicine for a little while, and found out that some of the so-called weeds growing along the side of the road, or rampant in someone’s field actually had medicinal qualities, e.g. dandelions, broadleaf plantain, stinging nettles. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but should investigate further, to see if the weed can be put to some use before pulling it up or destroying it.

Of course, in case you hadn’t realised by now, I am also making an analogy here. In life, we too often appreciate what we consider the ‘good’ things in life, planting seeds we see as growing into something useful or productive, and ignoring those that we think have no value to us. But how do we know something is of no value, unless we give it a try? How do we know it won’t benefit us until we take a closer look, find out more about it, and see how it grows? A weed is not necessarily a weed if we are more informed. So, next time you go to toss out that idea, that bad weed, think again. It may be a seedling worth nurturing. Let’s face it, we throw manure on our gardens, and guess where it comes from?! So a weed is worthy of our attention too!


About Penny Houghton

I have been on my journey of self-discovery for many years, having had a particular interest in meditation and toning in the past. I am still seeking the Truth, and have given lectures on many topics, including healing through sound, animal afterlife, humans connecting and transforming, and living in the now. Currently I run a discussion group, and am considering running workshops. I am eager to share what I have learned along the way with others, and also to learn in return!
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