Thorny Thistle Taming

Right now there’s a plant growing next to my house that has been known to cause a lot of drama.

It’s a type of Bull Thistle and it’s spikey, and can grow to 5 feet tall.

It’s the type of plant that we instinctively recoil from and want to eradicate.

Bad for pastures, because animals can’t graze near it… and hard to get rid of, because you need to dig it up (or spray it with poison, yuck).

But this “bad” plant has so many benefits if we’re willing to look beyond our own prejudice.

This plant has been feeding the bees all summer long with beautiful purple flowers. Literally abuzz.

Now that the flowers are going to seed, a colorful crew of goldfinch birds is feasting.

It’s a plant that sustains the life of many small creatures around us, in an interconnected world where we all depend on each other.

There’s no need to tear it out or douse it in poison.

Just like there’s no need for you to hate the aspects of your business that you naturally recoil from.

Maybe these parts of your business need to be observed from a different perspective. 

For example, maybe the part of your business that you avoid is accounting and tax stuff… but maybe looking at your numbers regularly helps your business immensely. 

It doesn’t have to be a prickly experience.

Or maybe tech is the part of your business that gives you the most headaches.

Can you hire someone who loves tech? Can you switch to a tool that makes your tech flow more easily from end to end?

Take a step back from your assumptions about what’s “good and bad” today.

I’ll be outside looking at the finches enjoying their thistle buffet.

P.S. After writing this, we had a local beekeeper mention to us that when finches eat these thistle seeds it helps them ovulate and have more babies. Nature really is amazing.

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