Deadheading

One of my favourite occupations is deadheading flowers in the garden and seeing all the new growth beneath. It always gives me hope and connects me to a lifetime of being in the garden.

Part of deadheading in December is having red-breasted robins for company and being able to see birds on the bare branches.

I often think that we, as people, could probably do with some deadheading betimes to ensure that we are able to thrive and realise our potential.

I’ve been pondering what such deadheading might look like and have come to the conclusion that it may well be as simple as the short spells in the garden or even a passing pinch of a single old viola bloom as I head out the gate. So, here’s a few examples of human deadheading that work for me:

#1. Going for a brisk walk, preferably by the sea or along a riverbank;

#2. Soaking in a warm bath;

#3. Getting carried away by a beautifully shot film;

#4. Dancing madly around the kitchen to old fashioned Rock n’ Roll;

#5. Seeing swans in full flight

#6. Sharing a laugh that feels like it will never end;

#7. Glimpsing a rainbow;

#8. Feasting on the horizon at sunrise;

#9. Sharing a passion fruit;

#10. Running into the arms of a loved one.

What would top your list?

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

20 thoughts on “Deadheading”

      1. I am glad you like him–we saw him in Nashville and he is amazing. If you have not heard it yet, try a listen to his song “Dog”–it is how he was introduced to me. The joy of dancing alone is always perfect. πŸ™‚

        1. It is on my To Do Pleasure list. I love having new things to add there.
          Funny how Nashville feels so familiar even though I have never been there. It is constantly talked about on radio here.

  1. A walk with Ruby, she listens but never judges.
    Sitting on a beach or a cliff listening or watching the sea.
    Watching a sunrises or sunset.
    To see my children and grandchildren, long time since that’s happened.
    Listening to music through headphones….loud!

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