I was driving the usual route, a winding road filled with country and houses and mailboxes dangerously close to the edge. I was on my way to sit in a pick up line at school for far too long. A daily task with rules and procedures I can’t seem to rationalize in my mind. Thoughts for another day…
I spotted the cow early on. It was on a lone straight stretch of the road, so I could see ahead. His large, black head was straining out as hard as it could under an electric fence. Mere inches of space separating its neck from the inevitable shock. The cow had discovered what I can only assume was a tasty, green patch of grass.
He was willing to risk being shocked just to get a taste.
Maybe this is common. I’m no cow expert, but what I couldn’t shake from this image was the fact that I could plainly see several similar patches of grass well within his sight on his side of the fence. Why would he risk it? This image sat with me for a few days. Is it weird that I ponder about adrenaline junkie cows? Nevermind, I already know the answer.
I couldn’t shake the thought because that cow is so many people. Metaphorically speaking. I’m not calling anyone a cow, so don’t get your undies in a bunch. Think about it though. How many people have a desire, a drive, a need, an obsession to have more? I’m sure we could all name a few, maybe even ourselves if we’re being honest.
Right there at our feet we have green grass, yet we choose to look beyond at what could be. Even if doing that always “shocks” us in the end. Feelings of jealousy, anger, frustration, sadness, resentment. None of those are healthy or helpful emotions, are they?
Obviously I’m not referring to anyone who really is in need. I’m speaking to those of us who have all basic needs met plus more, yet it’s never enough.
This also reminds me of hearing others suggesting a break from social media due to the comparison and jealousy it causes. Instead of that outlook, why not continue to stay in touch, but with thoughts of happiness for others?
No matter what it may be, even if it’s something we’re struggling with or striving for, being genuinely happy for others is not only the right thing to do, it also makes us happier. Try it.
Sure, have goals and dreams. Those are very important, but at any point along the way we should look at every blade of beautiful grass we have, whether it’s a giant yard or a little patch, and feel joy, appreciation and contentment.
Life can be hard enough, why make it harder by continually seeking more?