On ‘CLEAR THE WEEDS’ By Mwangi Ndegwa

Farming is a nice and therapeutic thing to do, what with watching the process of young shoots growing into mature plants. All farmers...

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Farming is a nice and therapeutic thing to do, what with watching the process of young shoots growing into mature plants. All farmers invest so much in their farms in the hope of getting a good harvest and ultimately good profit.

Good as it is, farming is not for the fainthearted. There are so many challenges and topping the list is the weather, pests and  weeds. These are the top three things which usually give farmers sleepless nights. You can imagine having done all you need to do and then just when you are about to harvest, the heavens open up and in the morning,all the crops are destroyed. Or for those who live near forests, destructive animals decide to pay you a visit at night and in the morning, there is nothing to harvest.

These two can be mitigated but there is one which is difficult to control because it appears without warning and you just need to cultivate your farm and in a week, they are all over. I am talking about the weeds. These are the most challenging when it comes to farming because you have to keep clearing them until harvest time. Another challenge about them is that they grow among the crops thus competing for nutrients, sunlight and water. Then there is one more thing about weeds; they grow very fast, faster than the crops themselves.

The reason I am sharing this is to set the basis of our lesson. All of us are like crops planted in this farm called the world. It might be in school, at home, in college, at work or any other social setting. There are things which are expected of us to achieve which are considered productive. But in the same way,  we also have weeds in the farm; the same way we have “weeds” in our lives in the form of people or habits which usually suck the life out of our endeavours. There are people who if you spend an hour with them, you leave that place feeling completely drained. There are some habits which if they persist in our lives, will end up chocking our careers or studies to death.

I don’t want to sound anti-social but it is important to always ask ourselves what value the people we associate with are adding to our lives. This is a tough question but in order for us to have success in life,  we need a conducive environment, an environment that allows for growth to all. Clear the weeds from your life before they choke you to death. To read more posts by Mwangi, click HERE

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