On most days, if you ask me, I would say my faith in Mother Nature is pretty strong. I believe that She is wise and totally self-reliant. She doesn’t need our interference to keep things going or do things right.
My faith was tested two weeks ago, however, when I noticed my garden – one head of lettuce in particular – was overrun with ants. This didn’t happen last year, so I was surprised and worried. Yes, they were on lettuce, so perhaps they were having an aphid feast. But still, I had visions that they would tunnel through my entire garden and destroy everything. (Oh, the drama!)
I immediately ran to several stores in town to buy diatomaceous earth, only to find that no one around here carried it. A few days later, I dropped $30 on a 5 pound box of it that I found online. When I feel my garden is threatened, I pull out all the big guns! (And apparently, lots of money from my poor wallet.)
While waiting for it to arrive, I talked to a local farmer about my ant problem, asking her what I should do. She asked if they had damaged any crops. I said no – even though they were literally covering my lettuce heads, the lettuce appeared to be unharmed. Then she said, “Ants are helpers. They eat all the other little bugs around, and if they aren’t hurting your crops, I’d just let them be.”
Suddenly, I realized what I’d done – lost faith in Mother Nature. This tends to happen when things swing out of balance. I forget that Mother Nature is perfectly capable of rebalancing things all on Her own.
I see this happen a lot with myself and others when it comes to beauty. Our hair gets a little oily one day, and we feel panicky and start to wash our hair more often not realizing that this throws our hair too far in the OTHER direction. We get a pimple and worry that more will follow. The next thing we know, we are smearing on benzoyl peroxide and salycylic acid, not realizing how deeply this is disrupting the balance of our skin, potentially causing MORE pimples.
So guess what happened the day my diatomaceous earth arrived? I went outside to the garden and the ants were gone. Just like that. They had eaten their aphid feast (presumably) and then went along their merry way, leaving my garden as pristine as it was before they had arrived. The picture of the lettuce above is the one they had swarmed for a week – as you can see, it is perfect! (Boy, I wish I could get that $30 back!)
Just a little reminder to trust Mother Nature. Trust your own body to find its perfect balance. Do less to your skin, to your hair and let its natural beauty come out on its own. Mother Nature will always find balance whether its your garden or your body!