So, as most homeowners know, there is much upkeep and maintenance that needs to be done on one's home. Well, guess who was in the throes of this task this weekend?
One of those pesky jobs was cleaning the brick patio and then covering it with a layer of sand to fill the crevices. With a power washer in one hand and a weed-puller in the other, I proceeded to do this task that took me three hours. You see, when I start a project like this, my perfect gene perks up and says, "Oh, no, you’re not done yet... it isn’t perfect.” (We’ll talk about the perfect genes another day).
As I labored to make sure that every bit of moss that had begun to grow between the bricks was gone and every weed was properly ousted from residence, a woman who I met many years ago came to mind.
As I toiled away on my patio, I had a vision of her home. She was born in Europe, and her home had a very special old-world charm, including her patio. I remember enjoying the company of her family as we lunched at a wrought iron table which sat atop a lovely stone patio. And guess what? Her patio had beautiful “weeds” and natural moss growing between the stones... and it looked wonderful!
As I remembered this vision, I thought to myself, "Why am I working against nature pulling weeds, furrowing moss when they wanted to be there AND could also be enjoyed there?"
I declared – out loud -- at that moment (I really did and to my husband who was toiling at his own tasks in the backyard) that I wanted a European patio! He sort of looked at me like I was crazy at first, as I stood there covered from head to toe in the dirt that splattered up at me from the power washer.
But then I reminded him of the beauty of the patio where we once shared lunch. He did remember. And then I thought to myself, "Who said a patio had to be a certain way – free of weeds and moss?" And then the kicker: In what other ways do I “follow along” with the norm? What areas in my life deserve more reflection and more of my own voice?
Here are some questions that may stir up your desire for a bit more freedom in your life:
Can you think of one time in your life when you felt exhilarated, energized, and full of freedom? If you can, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
Paula G. Rosario
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