Weeding--like other repetitive tasks such as doing dishes, mowing lawns, and cleaning--provides an opportunity for reflection. Right now, I find I have a lot to reflect about.
Two days ago I quit a job that, for me, was toxic. Like a bad marriage where each person brings out the worst in the other, it became clear there was no saving the situation. I've never thought of myself as a quitter but I knew it was the right decision when I felt the flood of relief that comes with choosing the right path.
Today, I was in a reflective mood as I was pulling up coffee weed in the pasture. Coffee weed is invasive and toxic to cattle. Unfortunately, this year we have a LOT of it. Slowly, I realized that all around the coffee weed, around every plant I pulled, was hairy indigo. Hairy indigo is also slightly invasive but it is a legume which makes it a good source of protein for cattle and nitrogen for the soil. I realized, ironically (don't you think), the same conditions that lent themselves to a proliferation of toxic coffee weed also led to the growth of beneficial hairy indigo.
I take great comfort in knowing that.