Bugs On The Windshield
Which is worst? Bugs hammering a freshly washed windshield as your hitting the interstate or a downpour of rain so heavy that you cannot see your hand in front of you? I raise my hand for the bugs on the windshield. A bug on your windshield is a solid example of best laid plans gone astray. A big juicy bug hitting in the direct path of your site just spoiled the crystal clear glass prepared for your journey. Life deals us bugs when events don't go as we wish they would or at the the pace we want them to happen.
Bugs on our windshield are nothing more than a mere distraction. Distractions come in many shapes and forms, big ones, small ones, dramatic or annoying ones. How do we engage with distraction? Do you embrace the distraction and reposition it as a part of your creative being? Do you let it target your line of site as a big old yellow bug? splat! Slicing into your intentions, ruining your freshly cleaned windshield? Even ruining your day? Nah, never.
As a gardener, bugs on the windshield come at you in a variety of forms. Disease, true insects, weather related damage, the list goes on. Gardening or tending to living things in nature or in the controlled setting of your garden breeds distraction. Hey, bugs are okay, just go with it, find a solution. In organic gardening in particular, the practice of integrative pest management slows us down, places focus on observing, being in a higher state of awareness. Searching for insect eggs the size of a pin takes focus. Organic gardening requires daily practice of noticing the small things and being proactive rather than reactive. Just as we clean the windshield for a road trip gardeners prepare all year long. We prepare the soil, select the plant varieties, schedule the most favorable time to plant, provide nutrients, water and kill heinous insects as needed. We are constantly removing bugs from the windshield. Gardening allows us to slow our thinking and focus on the smaller things around us.
If you do not have the luxury of a country garden and planting in the soil using pots in an appropriate setting can provide an environment of focus. Choose the plant that best suits the deck, patio, office window or wherever you wish to observe it. Be reasonable as to how it wishes to be watered, if it requires well drained soil, what type of light is wishes to receive, even the height it will reach. Preparation is key when choosing plants. I encourage you to plant only one plant that you can nurture and observe. Most humans can have a green thumb and those with a brown thumb have possibly not cleaned their windshield properly.
So whether you are traveling out of town or at the office and you experience the squish of a bug, be sure to embrace that moment it crashes into your clean windshield. See the bug as encouragement and an invitation to explore, redirect your thoughts and focus on what we are really supposed to see. Never give up on having a clean windshield but never give up on the chance to view the bug as just that, a bug. No biggie....