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All that green grass

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” an American proverb of discontent.

Americans need a proverb to exclaim their discontent? Who’s surprised by this?

Let’s take a moment to consider how that grass got so green anyway. Afterward, some words will encourage us to be content and offer a mindset that might help with that rare condition.

Why the Grass is Green

“The grass is always greener over the septic tank” is a phrase made popular because of Erma Bombeck’s book of the same title. That little tweak to the original proverb narrows the focus.

Why is their grass so green? Maybe they spend all their time watering it. Or their dog fertilizes it regularly.

Or perhaps it’s because a septic drain field is supplying it endlessly with more nitrogen (translation: there’s tons of crap beneath the surface).

When we look with envy, we aren’t considering anything except for what we see. We don’t wonder how much hard work it took to get to that place. We haven’t a clue what sort of sacrifices may have been made along the way – including family, peace or character.

All that green grass could be hiding a pile of stinky stuff. You know what I mean.

Would you feel as green with envy if you saw the turds beneath the turf?

Live in your Own Yard

Staring with longing at another person’s success is unhealthy for many reasons.

The biggest problem: it freezes us.

It’s hard to move forward with any purpose or precision when our eyes are looking right or left. And that’s exactly what’s happening if we’re contemplating the neighbor’s lovely grass.

We won’t ever have that exact grass anyway. We do have grass of our own. Maybe it’s patchy with weeds or has a plague of brown spots.

Will it get greener just because we’re staring at the perfect yard across the street?

Obviously not.

Yet, some of us don’t live in our own present. We’re focused on what it will be like once we become a bestselling author or get a six-figure book deal.

And the grass around us withers and dies.

Life is filled with moments. Will you live in your present? Or will fantasies of the future rob you of the joy of what is happening now (even if it isn’t joyful, it is needful on the road to your personal growth).

Seasons Change

Bring on the positive mindset needed to be content with our own crab grass and wilty fauna.

This too shall pass

Grass browns up in the winter. If you live in an arid climate, it might begin its death march in July or August.

When the rainy season comes? It greens up again.

At this moment, things might be falling apart. Nothing seems to be going right. There’s death, destruction, defeat and disappointment galore.

It won’t last forever. Just like time moves the seasons from hot to cold, from dry to wet, it moves us away from hard times.

Of course, we know if we fertilize at the end of the growing season, our grass will come back greener in the spring. We need to feed ourselves with the same positive thoughts.

  • This will be the manuscript that sells.
  • The cancer will still be in remission.
  • A better job will present itself.

If you’re experiencing a hard season, my friend, know that it won’t last forever. How can you use the difficulty to grow your character? Don’t let the pain be for nothing.

How about you? Are you a “grass is always greener” sort of person?

Manmade or Natural?

Trinity Church in Boston, MA

Brick and mortar stands alongside glass and iron in downtown Boston, MA. Bridges and tunnels connect the God-made land to the manmade portion upon which 70 percent of Boston proper sits.
Even among all this manmade fanfare, however, the brilliant portions that stand out are those made by the Creator.
Boston Commons, the oldest national park in America, stretches for acres, green and growing, amidst the assortment of streets and buildings.
Trinity Church reflects in the glass sides of a more modern building, towering above all but the Prudential Tower a few blocks away. Even this old beauty is dwarfed by the marshland, Fens Park, sprawling acres that abut the home of the Boston Red Sox.
The green grass and fluttering leaves surround pools of sparkling water. A natural haven offers relief from the heat reflecting off the iron, glass and cement surrounding it like a conquering army.
More greenbelts sift their fingers through the architectural feats of mankind. As we traveled north from the city toward our hotel, strips of trees stood sentinel over the cement and asphalt thoroughfare.
I wondered at these makeshift forests, small compared to forests near my home in Oregon. Why were they left here? Why had the engineers forfeited that coveted ground to a more natural habitat?
To me, the answer is less important than the ideology these waving trees represent: Man needs the natural resources God gave in the form of trees, plants and waterways.
Sure, trees take the carbon we spew into the air and regurgitate life-giving oxygen. I’m talking about something deeper than that.
Studies show that people who spend time among the trees are healthier and happier. Is it the fresh air? Is it the natural Vitamin D acquired through ingesting sunlight?
I believe a simpler answer exists. God created us to commune with him. Nature declares the glory of God. Thus, when we spend time in a natural environment, serenaded by wind whispering through the leaves and birds chirping from the branches, our soul is nourished.
I’m not trying to be heretical and claim that communing with nature is the same as communing with God. I don’t believe God is in nature. However, we need a place of peace to experience true communion with God. That place – which exists within us – can be more easily accessed when we’re surrounded by the sounds of the Creator instead of the noisy fumes man spits out.
What is your favorite manmade structure? Has it ever helped you find a way to deeper spiritual communion with God?