I have been surprised to learn that keeping my family functioning and happy usually doesn't require many things or activities.

It is more about keeping out things we don't want.  

In the same way, keeping close to God (and therefore remembering peace and wholeness) usually means actively filtering out unhelpful information, distractions, and even insidious antagonists.  It means tuning into universal truths.

I believe that goodness will always win out over evil, light over darkness, love over division, in every hero's journey, real or imagined, but I believe the darkness also comes in innumerable forms while the light is really one sacred truth.  It takes time, experience, and courage to discern between those things that are revealing light and those that are favoring darkness. 

Here is another classic quote close to my heart from Le Petit Prince:

Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of that planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, never be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late. It spreads over the entire planet. It bores clear through it with its roots. And if the planet is too small, and the baobabs are too many, they split it in pieces . . .

It is a question of discipline," the little prince said to me later on. "When you've finished your own grooming in the morning, then it is time to attend to the grooming of your planet, just so, with the greatest care. You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first moment when they can be distinguished from the rosebushes which they resemble so closely in their earliest youth. It is very tedious work," the little prince added, "but very easy."


One afternoon early this spring, my boys and I were pulling weeds and trimming plants, when I heard a question many moms have answered: 

"But why do we get rid of the dandelions?  They're so pretty."

"Dandelions are weeds."

"Why is it a weed?"

"Let's go look that up."

Dandelions are non-native plants that crowd out native plants, reducing biodiversity.  They proliferate quickly and randomly.  They are very hard to get rid of.  

Things like...

  • judging other people
  • trying to control every situation
  • forgetting to take care of ourselves the way we need to
  • and letting others determine our worth as people  

      ...can run rampant, just like dandelions.

When we pray together at mealtime and when I meditate each day, it is our family's way of "attending to the grooming of our planet, just so, with the greatest care."

1 comment:

  1. This is the part that gets me, "When you've finished your own grooming in the morning." Yeah. Gotta put on your own oxygen mask first. Then, and only then, can you go take care of the weeds in the flower garden.


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