driving to and from work I pass a handful of different herds of cattle. The other day I noticed a cow and her calf eating at the fence line.
I wish I'd taken a picture!
Have you ever seen a cow eat at the fence line? Do you know what they do?
They cram their heads through the barb-wire fence and stretch their necks as far as they can while the barbs are poking their shoulders so that they can steal some of the grass from the other side of the fence.
Nevermind that it's EXACTLY THE SAME as the grass between their hooves.
Now, if you took that cow and walked her around the fence to the same spot that she was stretching to eat....can you guess what she'd do?
uh-huh, cram herself through the barb-wire fence to eat the grass that had been between her hooves, all the while trampling the hard earned prize of only moments before.
Because the grass is always greener on the OTHER side of the fence.
In the busyness and bustle of life it's easy to get lulled into a bovine mentality. In the midst of the lazy days of summer we long for the structure of school, during the full school calendar we long for the spontaneity of summer.
and there's always that desire that's just out of reach which will somehow make our lives oh-so-much-better, the grass that is oh-so-much-greener than what's currently under our feet.
Goals are a wonderful way to ensure that you're moving in the desired direction. However, we must remember to take an appreciative look inside our fence. Take stock of those wonderful things that lie easily within reach before we set our sights beyond the barb-wire.
and remember, "if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it just means there's a septic tank buried under there somewhere...." John Gray.
So, here's my reminder to myself:
Don't Be a Cow!!