A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. – Doug Larson
Reviled. Despised. Hated. Weeds invade our flower beds, gardens, and yards. They have a reputation for disrupting the status quo. They have the survival skill to persist. They grow strong where others wither and die. Weeds often flourish in where you would never think to plant your garden, even growing out of concrete and asphalt.
Although weeds might not have the classic beauty of roses and lilies, they can still be beautiful. Weeds might not have the traditional usefulness of a cultivated vegetable, yet many are edible and have medicinal benefits!
Queen Anne’s Lace, featured in today’s images, also known as Wild Carrot. is a weed found everywhere during Augustst here in Ohio. An edible relative to cultivated carrots, it is known to have uses as a medicinal herb and the seeds can be used in making an oil used for perfume. See more about the usefulness of this and many other weeds and plants at Plants For a Future. Of course, not all weeds are useful, but we can still learn a lesson from these stubborn plants.
Weeds can be beneficial and are survivors, but they don’t fall into line. This sounds like many successful and ground breaking people. They find a niche, get rooted in, and thrive! The intrepid often times are misunderstood. It may take them years before others see their worth, but they survive and thrive, yet refuse to conform. Eventually, they break through. Stephen King was rejected by publishers 30 times before getting published, now he is one of the most famous authors of all time. Bill Gates‘ first business failed and now he is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
So I say to you, be a weed. You don’t have to fit into the neat rows, but if you can survive, you can thrive.
Do you have the survival skill of a weed? Let us know in the comments.
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