Friday, October 10, 2014

Creepers ♥

My legs and arms quivered
as I held a pose in yoga class,
determined to fight the urge to 
tumble to my mat and curl
up in child's pose.

It had been four fast months 
since I gave up yoga classes for
the summer.  Maybe more.

Focusing on a spot on the
floor (a little trick the teachers 
share to enhance concentration 
and avoid toppling over) the 
vision of a local golf course
popped into my mind.

This particular golf course was 
sold last winter, the land 
destined to become another
housing development.

For some reason, the new 
neighborhood was delayed and
the land sat fallow all summer.

In no time at all, nature began
to reclaim this parcel of
earth as her own. 

I don't drive by the old golf
course routinely, so to me, nature
seemed to take over speedily,
but most likely, it was a slow 
and steady invasion of acres
that had once been well-groomed
and cared for.

I was feeling a lot like that
overgrown land at this early
morning yoga class.  In just a
few short months of neglecting
my yoga practice, I'd lost a lot of
ground--in this case, strength, 
balance and flexibility.

I was shocked how quickly
it happened.

(And how sore I was for several
days afterwards!)

Remember the tumbling mass of
vines behind the door in the classic
story, The Secret Garden?

Yep, that was me and yoga class
following my summer hiatus.

Habits and care-taking go hand
in hand, whether it's taking care
of a garden, cultivating
relationship, practicing a sport,
digging deep into a hobby or 
flexing our mental muscles.

Otherwise, the creepers move
in rapidly.

Depending how long the ground
has lain dormant, it can take a
lot of work to reclaim it. 
Sometimes the vines are so
overwhelming that it's easy to
turn away and give up.

Don't give up.

Think of The Secret Garden.

In the story, fingers were pricked 
on thorns.  Backs and legs were sore.
The mess was astounding and 
seemed, at times, impossible 
to conquer.

But the characters hung on despite
the odds, despite the pain and
despite the skepticism of the adults
who felt they couldn't bring the
garden back to life.

Of course, they did bring
it back : )

Where have the vines crept into
your life?  It might be a hobby you
loved but abandoned due to life's
demands....a friendship that faded
when it wasn't given proper priority....
or, like my mine, a healthy habit that
was put on the back burner.

It's time to get out the shears
and begin to cut those creepers

Pick up the paint brush, the
telephone, the yoga mat or
whatever tool you need to make
your own secret garden bloom,
once again.

Because at the end of our life's journey,
we don't want vines covering a host of 
for things not done or relationships
not given proper attention.

Let's be patient gardeners of our
own stories, replacing creepers with a
landscape we've created out of
good habits, care, optimism

and love.

If you look the right way,
you can see the whole world
is a garden.

~Frances Hodgson Burnett,
The Secret Garden


all images P&H


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely post, Suzanne! You have truly inspired me to start cutting back some of the creepers in my own life...and I definitely have some! Your photos are beautiful! xo

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh my, it really didn't take long for the golf course to be overgrown-- But I'd take that over a housing development. We live on a golf course and I dread a housing dev. ever going in.

Thanks for your wise words this morning and the gorgeous photos.


Bonnie said...

I just forwarded your post to my daughter and daughter in law.

I love each one of your posts. I need to heed your advice about creepers.

Dianna said...

Suzanne, thank you for this...another thought provoking post! I knew immediately as I was reading what my creepers were...and what needed to be trimmed. Thank you for the reminder.

Hindsfeet said...

I needed this.....thank you Girlfriend......

pve design said...

How eloquently you captured such words and what a beautiful correlation to your own journey of growth. The past few months have presented "awakenings" in a similar way as I lost both of my parents 40 days apart and in between had a 5 day hospital stay. I began to devote my attentions to my own self care.
Eating Paleo, 6 am track walks building up to runs, fit classes, Qi Gong classes, picked up my flute, booked weekly manicures, revamped my medicine cabinet, tossed out old clutter, nixed sugar, nixed bread, nixed grain, and opened up my world to new commitments to -
1. Self comes first
2. Kindness and care to others
3. Beauty is all around us to share and to inspire others.

Just a little something from Judy said...

"Creepers" have now taken a new perspective for me. I have them, they do pop up, and they do take over. As I read the words from your heart, I was reminded in my own heart of things left unattended in my own life. I remember my daughter had a poster in her bedroom as a teenager, and it stated, "the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention". Thank you for the inspiration, the reminders to me, and the hopes of the secret garden cast. Outstanding photography too!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Yet another post that spoke right to my heart, how did you know? So beautifully said and your photos are pure delight. Thank you for sharing your talents Suzanne! Off to tend to some vines......


Oh the many lessons to learn from the beautiful book, The Secret Garden. I think I'll read it again ... it has been ages and ages.


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh! Creepers. You nailed it. I'm running. Running and running from everything and it feels so good!

Jane xx

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Anonymous said...

Love the analogy...I know I have lots of tending I need to do to my "life garden." It is such a reminder that the weeds of life can flourish much easier than the crops. That letting ourselves get flabby is much easier than getting fit. There surely is a reason for this...perhaps it is to remind us how the good can be easily overrun by the bad, and so we should value it all the more.

Katherine said...

I used to love that book as a child. Great words and photos as always. I haven't thought of that story in many years but I like the idea of it today... picking up and persevering whatever 'it' may be x

Jeanie said...

Beautifully stated, Suzanne - and timely, too. I suspect I will feel much the way you did when my spinning classes resume next week. And I was doing so well before summer break!

That hydrangea (I think) is especially gorgeous!