A year ago March, I looked out the door of my house to a bright yellow carpet of dandelions across my yard.
I cannot deny that there was a certain beauty to this sea of yellow, and yet I knew that at their heart dandelions are weeds and that they would soon turn into ugly white milkweeds.
It was the first full spring since the COVID-19 pandemic and work from home. So I was able to use my lunch hour to head out into the yard and attack the army of dandelions with a vigor. I bought a new hand weed remover tool and dug them up one by one, trying hard to get deep enough into the roots so they wouldn't just come back. Sometimes I succeeded, other times not so much.
Each day, after my more or less
hour lunch break, I would glance out with some satisfaction at having returned the lawn to a predominately green shade.
The next morning, I'd look out, and there would be more.
This cycle repeated itself for a good two weeks. I can imagine people walking and driving by might have had a good laugh at the crazy guy on his knees passionately digging out dandelions.
And then, almost as suddenly as it began, they were mostly gone. Dandelion season was over, and only a remnant here and there remained.
I did not have it in me this year to repeat the enterprise. As the first few dandelions began to crop up in the yard, I said to myself, "to heck with it." I sat back and enjoyed the beauty of their bright yellow faces bending upward toward the sun.
And you know what, in several weeks time, they all went away. Now, except for a few here and there, the yard is mostly green.
As I sat looking out over the yard the other day, a life metaphor hit me.
Sometimes, there are things in life that are like dandelions. They pop up and spread and have some intrinsic beauty but they are also annoying as heck. We can spend a whole lot of time fighting them and trying to get rid of them. But sometimes, they just pass on their own.
I wonder how much time we spend fighting the dandelions in our life, when we could, perhaps, just roll with what life brings, make the best of it, appreciate the little bit of value in the situation, and save our energy for bigger things.