When Aristotle and other deep thinkers thought long and hard about the golden sweet spot between two extremes and came up with the philosophy that counsels sticking to the middle, or the “golden mean”, did weeds lend their wisdom? The golden mean is known as the middle of the road position, the mid-way spot between two extremes. We know that courage is a desirable virtue, but one must be careful not to stray to excess and therefore become reckless. While guarding against recklessness a balanced man must avoid the other extreme position, timidity. Once the perfect spot is found, balance is achieved, and the balanced courage is a beautiful thing. It seems that this golden mean then, is the ability to strike a balance between the two extremes, and find harmony.
Weeds have the innate talent to thrive in balance, in harmony with their surroundings. They take the dusty neglected surroundings and turn them into wild playgrounds of stems and leaves and thorns and blossoms. Weeds bring life to an empty lot and transform the cracks of decay with new life and opportunities for beauty. Weeds are ancient, and so they must have been around even before the great thinkers, to be an example what it is to live the golden mean. Thank you dear weeds. Enjoy the sunset of a day well spent!
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.