It is easy to get wrapped up in expectation and miss the fact that these expectations are really not all that important in the grand scheme of things. As I was reading the news this morning, I came across an article which caught my attention. I read it, then went about my morning of getting George on the bus.
As I came back toward the house, I mentally hit myself over the head again, as I looked at the grass hanging over the edge of the sidewalk. Looking down the street, I could see how the neighbors had edged their sidewalks. “Ugh. My yard looks so unkempt. They must think I am the worst neighbor ever.” Then, at that particular moment of berating myself, I remembered the article and everything was put into perspective again.
While we like to have a yard that looks well kept, it is not so important that I spend every available hour working on it. I am not going to be all OCD about grass hanging over the edge of the sidewalk. Instead I am going to spend my time, at this point in my life, working on educating my kids, taking them outside to play, making meals for everyone, thinking ahead to what I want the yard to actually look like in 5 years, 10 years, etc. For now, I will let the grass grow over the edge till I decide it is the week to edge the grass in both yard.
This train of thought made me pause, “What else are first world problems in regards to gardening?”
Life at the edge drought in Somalia
Venezuela’s farmers: ‘Planting for the revolution’ He says the government’s tight controls on imports have made it impossible to get hold of seeds and fertilizer.
“It’s crippling us. Many people round here have the land all prepared for sowing, but we can’t get hold of the seeds.”
So, yeah, grass growing over the edge of my sidewalk…not really at the top of the list of things to really worry about. The world will keep on turning and I will remember to be thankful for what we do have and not sweat the small stuff.