I remember watching the movie ‘Karate Kid’ almost 30 years ago. At the time I was a professional athlete, so the movie made a particular impression. Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel karate skills disguised as chores such as waxing the car, painting the house and fixing the fence.
In addition, Daniel was learning the mental benefit of simple tasks undertaken mindfully. For me, one of those tasks is weeding. I’m not much of a gardener, but I like to weed. It’s calming to me. When I weed, I relax into the task and allow my mind the space to travel. I get business ideas and great personal ‘aha’s in my weeding meditations.
Interestingly, the weeds are never gone. As much as I weed, new ones always grow. Isn’t that life? As much as there is satisfaction from the completion of a task, there is always more to do. The weeds are teaching me that a good days effort is reward enough. Tomorrow is another day and there will always be weeds.