'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSundays; Life Lived Lovingly

A post elsewhere recently lamented the presence of weeds. Not just in the garden but on the roadside also. This was a strange thing to say. A flower, is a flower, is a flower. A leaf, a leaf. They may be wild or cultivated. The term 'weed' is derogatory. It says that the flower to which it is being applied is not in a place the name-caller wants it to be. The thing with plants, though, is that they will proliferate. It's the nature of things, and nature does not know about boundaries. Does not see that the patch of earth on that side is somehow foreign and not to be seeded.

In having these thoughts, it struck home what an analogy it was for the migration of peoples and their cultures. Countries where the land is poor, the soil ravaged, find that their populations seek new territory, places in which to put down roots and, with good 'climate', to thrive. Yet such people are often looked upon as being the weeds of society, by those who would keep their 'gardens pure'.

...Just thinking aloud… planting a seed.


  1. Hi YaYa....very thought provoking analogy today.
    I like the artsy photo too
    Hugs HiC

  2. An outstanding analogy - so very true!

  3. Beautiful thoughts and pictures. My grandparents on my Mom's side immigrated from Norway and Sweden for better ways to live and raise a family. They worked hard, learned the language, while preserving their traditions (and recipes!). I'm proud to be the granddaughter of immigrants.

  4. But some people pay good money for weed, MOL!

  5. Yeah, agree. Lamenting 'weeds' is just more of human control-freakery. If one is in a land so fertile that it can grow plants anywhere - that in itself is something to celebrate imho.

    'Is it a weed if it blooms?' - the opening line of one of my old poems. Your post today reminded me of it.

    Have a lovely Sunday.

  6. Ooh, that is a good one! I have lots of what might be called weeds flowering in my crazy gardens! Apparently, we had rain while I am gone. This is a good thing. Talk to you soon.

  7. Deeply rooted truth spoken. namaste, janice xx

  8. "Weeds" are simply not the particular plants that people want to have growing in a certain place. Often, they are beautiful! Your analogy to humans rings true although I hate that it's a true analogy.


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