I was watching funny commercials on YouTube the other day when I had a revelation (And it was not that men in kilts are really hot — I have known that one for quite some time). Â Â Thanks to Garrison Keillorï»¿ and Honda, I learned that hate can be a good thing.
We don’t like to admit it, but hate more than any other emotion inspires us to change something. When you hate your job, you go get a new one. When you hate your hair, you get a haircut. When you hate the fact that Johnny Depp is apparently not in the market for a 34 year old, slightly frumpy woman from Cleveland… well there is not much you can do about that except to watch Pirates of the Caribbean one more time.
But, back to the main point. Hate, like nuclear power and American Idol, can be a good thing when used properly.
There are several things I hate about my garden. For example, I hate the Canada thistle. Every year, I try to get rid of the stuff and every year, it apparently thinks that my garden is a prime location for Canada thistle family reunions. I hate it so much, that this year, I swear that I will diligently snip the leaves off of every Canada thistle that I see.
I hate the weigela on the side of my house. It has been there for as long as I have owned the house and I am sure that the previous owner thought it was a brilliant plant to place in the narrow confines between my house and my neighbors, but I am here to tell them (9 years later) that this was not the case. Yes, I am that lazy that for 9 years I have cursed and hated that damn bush and did nothing about it (I had other things that I hated more). This year, that will change. It is now at the top of my hate list.
I hate the fact that I cannot seem to grow zucchini. While the rest of the world grows so much zucchini that even the food banks in August have a hard time giving it away, I have not managed to grow a zucchini in well nigh over 5 years. That stops this year. Â I have found neem oil and vine borers better beware. I am coming for them.
This year is going to be a great year in my garden. I have the power of hate on my side and I plan to use it to its fullest extent. May the hate be with you as well. Â Sing it with me “Hate something, change something, hate something, change something, make something beeeeetter!â€