“Nip it in the bud.”
I was recently reminded of the wisdom of this saying when I took a moment to really look at the flower beds in my yard.
The cosmos plants were fading away and ready to be removed. I pulled out the dead plants, making sure the seeds stayed behind.
Then I found plants I didn’t want in the bed. These plants had also flowered and were starting to go to seed. I wasn’t going to allow the plants or seeds to stay in my yard, so I started pulling up the plants. They were much more difficult to remove. The roots were a lot bigger and deeper than those of the Cosmos.
I had noticed the plants when they were a smaller, but didn’t bother removing them. Now, instead of tiny, easily removable seedlings, I was dealing with sturdy plants that wanted to stay where they were. After a lot of struggle, I finally removed the plants from my beds. Some of the seeds have fallen in my yard, so I know the plants will return, but I will be sure to pull up any seedlings I spy next year. I do not want to wrestle with those plants again.
How many times have I ignored an issue in my life until it became a huge problem? How much easier is it to deal with a problem when it first appears rather than ignoring it until drastic measures are required? How much pain and trouble could be avoided by choosing another path?
It’s time to re-examine my life so I can weed out any problems and nip them in the bud.