It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chapter 3, Page 21, Book 12

I stuck my head out the window this morning  and spring kissed me bang in the face.

Langston Huges


The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass where ever you may be.

Robert Fulghum

Some people are fortunate enough to be born with a sunny disposition and an optimistic outlook on life. Others can learn optimism which can then contribute to a happier and more satisfying lifestyle. Many people think that the grass is greener for happy people.

While the grass might be greener on the other side of the fence, they still have to mow it.

Sadly, it is easy for all of us to fall into this trap.  It is easy for us to believe that what someone else has is better than what we have.  There are people who believe that someone else’s house is better than their house or that someone else’s life is better than their life, so they covet what their neighbors have.

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.  

Cecil Selig

Never forget that more often than not, the color of the grass in your own yard and in other’s is simply a matter of perception.  We think the grass is going to be greener on the other side, so we jump through hoops trying to get there.  We go out of our way to stick our heads through the fence, intent on getting to the other side and ignoring the barbed wire and the thickets that are in our way.  In the end though, all we find on the other side are slightly brown weeds

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher. 

Before you plant the seeds for a successful crop tomorrow, you have to prepare the foundation today. Like a garden, growth will respond to the soil you are growing in.
Do you still have the roots of old belief systems that no longer serve you? Pull them out, dig deep!
Is there an area of your life that you need to prune, make simpler?  Is there an area that you’ve neglected that is dying for attention now? Respond with awareness, love and compassion.
Your growth depends on your foundation. Make the very best of what you have today for an WONDERFUL tomorrow.  Don't be so busy seeking treasure outside yourself, that you fail to make the most of the treasures you already have.  Rather, nurture and appreciate the blessings you have and they will grow into more abundant blessings.

What you sow you reap

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

'On Ya' - ma



I love Langston Hughes. I quoted something he wrote at a very important time in my life. Haven't read anything by him in many years until I saw your post today. You made me really think when you said, "We still have to MOW the grass. " This is true, we do. I've learned throughout the years... the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but it still comes with it's own set of problems you must deal with, at some point. Take care. LOVING this weather.

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Thanks for a great morning reflection! You helped my day get off to a wonderful start.

betty said...

I liked the quote about the grass being greener means it could be a higher water bill, LOL. But I do get what you are saying here, Ma. I think it has to do a lot with being content with what we have with our blessings and not to reach for or grab for more or think we need more or something is better than what we have. It is something to think about indeed in situations in my own life; thanks for a timely reminder!!


jack69 said...

Good one MA. Yes preparation is very important. i think you were born with a positive disposition, and it reflects in your life.

Love from down here.

JeanJournal said...

I LOVE that quote by Langston Hughes...'and SPRING kissed me bang in the face'... Another beautiful day here!!! in 80's again...a little cloudy...I seem to always expect the best, and want to somehow touch people's hearts to inspire, teach, and encourage them...((((we all have 'a secret dream' tucked away somewhere within us and we have a BIG GOD! ~ A grandmother told a very famous man(when he was a teenager.....) ~ "GOD IS A BIG GOD! ~ (and even when you're feeling that you are (so amall) ~ REMEMBER THAT...and also ask Him for BIG THINGS that you think are impossible because..."With is impossible ~ BUT WITH GOD...ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."...Thank you for the good words today, Ma. ~~~ WONDERFUL DAY! ~ WONDERFUL ~ Ma! ~ Jean(Rome Georgia Girl living in Calhoun