Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Grass is Greener

I don't know how many times in my life I have witnessed Horses and Cows reaching as far as they could thru a fence for grass, when the grass they were standing in was the same.

I have learned that some humans are the same. They would be happy if they had 'Tommy's Job'.  He takes home a tremendous salary and does nothing.  As I have told my sons many times, Unless Tommy is the boss's son, he is doing something you do not see. No one stays hired in a 'business' who does not produce or work.

I am laughing to myself as I wrote that. I had a good job in DC when I was there. When I was leaving a friend asked that I recommend him for my job. I did and he got it.

I was back a month or so later and stopped in to see how he was doing. His first words using some profanity, "Why didn't you tell me this was a JOB! All I ever saw you doing was walking around drinking coffee."  My answer was sometimes you wish for something you really don't want.

Along that same line, many folk who work 40 hours a week spend their time dreaming of winning the lottery or wishing they had been born rich.  Why couldn't I have had wealthy parents? ............... I have been an odd bird. I have never dreaded Mondays, nor wanted a dime of Buffett or Gate's money.

I coulda been born in a Ghetto, a poor village in Mexico, deep in China, Africa or Northern Russia.  There are even worse places than these where I could have been born, but I was born into a family in Gastonia, NC,USA.  To a family of farmers, who became cotton Mill workers, then began a life as a church pastors.

They tell me that if I have $20 in my pocket, own my home and am out of debt, I am in the top 10% of the wealthy people in the world.  WOW, that is the same 10% that Mr. Gates is in.  But before anyone told me that, I knew I was blessed.  When you think you have it bad, just look around. THINGS COULD BE WORSE.

We are not cattle, we should have some logic. Be satisfied with the grass you have, grow where you are planted and use any cliche that fits, but understand if you are reading this you probably will not be legally taken  tomorrow, put in prison or killed at the whim of some maniac. 

YOU cannot change the world, but if you are feeling sorry for yourself, YOU CAN CHANGE YOU!

Nite Shipslog

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betty said...

We are blessed here in this country. We have so much to be thankful for, even if we don't like certain parts of our lives and there are so many opportunities we have available here too. No reason to complain.


Theanne Crossett said...

I feel blessed everyday...if it weren't for Don and I planning ahead years ago I wouldn't have a house today or be able to pay my bills. I'm grateful, thankful and realize full well that the grass that grows under my feet is just fine. :)

Lisa said...

I can get the main portion of my eight hour job completed in two hours but when I go on vacation, it takes two people six to eight hours to do it and I still have a pile of unfinished work waiting on me when I get back.
And they think I sit here and blog all day, pfffh.

Have fun weekend

Mary Degli Esposti said...

Some days I FEEL that. Today ain't one of em....
I think this is your default setting, but by saying that, I am taking nothing away from how I view your daily thought process. You are a glass half-full & then some man.

Dar said...

There are a zillion reasons for being grateful for what I have but most recently, my feet hit the floor again this morning so I could watch a live feed of my newest grandson, a preemie, that grows stronger each second. For that, I'm so blessed. Life couldn't be better than that today.
BlessYourHeart n' HugYourBride for us. Life is GrandLovely

Mevely317 said...

After a particularly bumpy work week, I NEEDED to see this! My 14th work anniversary today, and I confessed to Tom, "I'm getting too old for this 'business'." Ya,'twas a regular pity party for myself this afternoon.

Nevertheless, looking back on my up's and down's, I'm really appreciative for the up's ... that I once experienced them --- but the down's keep it real.

Rick Watson said...

Well said my friend.

Paula said...

I've always loved Mondays and still do and don't feel sorry for my self with the scary disease I have.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Very good post indeed! I love the picture of the cow trying to get the grass on the other side of the fence!