Saturday, August 23, 2008

I See... the Greener Grass on the Other Side

((WARNING!! THIS IS A DEEPLY PHILOSOPHICAL POST! TO PROTECT YOUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH AND AVOID MIND CRAMPS, WAIT ONE HOUR AFTER A MINDLESS SITCOM BEFORE READING!!))


No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” The implied meaning of this colloquialism is that there is always someplace better than where you currently are. It is the battle cry of the eternally unsatisfied ADHD generation. If only I lived near family… if only the money tree bloomed in my backyard… if only a had a better yard…


Think about it for a moment. Although you may not be enjoying life as much as you like at the moment, do you really want that greener grass on the other side? Do you realize how much effort is expended in growing and maintaining greener grass? If you look at my yard, it is clear that I don’t speak from experience. However, I’ve heard that green grass requires a lot of tender loving care (time and effort), including the application of liberal amounts of fertilizer (waste materials). So, do you still want the greener grass on the other side? Is a lot of hard work and dealing with crap what you are truly seeking?


Furthermore, thinking out of the box even further for a moment, maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Maybe it’s not even green. What if it is was blue, orange, or yellow? What if it is not even grass? What if it is chocolate, or steak on the other side? What would that mean?


Actually, if what you are living now is an easy, carefree life with no challenges or learning on the horizon, then the greener grass on the side is really what you are seeking. You would be challenged by the effort to maintain green grass, and learn a lot about yard maintenance in the process. The discipline, consistency, and patience you would develop along the way could be successfully applied to many other parts of your life.


So, I guess, it really is a better place.


Go for it. Go for the green grass.

2 comments:

  1. I have always thought could we be truly grateful for our blessings that were bestowed to us if we were always wanting something more or desiring what someone else had?

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  2. True to a point. But is there something wrong with looking ahead if what is there will make us a better person? Perhaps its a matter of definition?

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