Day 3741: The other side of the fence

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” which speaks to the cognitive distortion of comparison, where we see ourselves and our circumstances as lesser than other people and their situations.

Now that we’ve gotten to the other side of that opening run-on sentence, I can tell you that today is Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day, which according to the National Days website “reminds people to appreciate what they have instead of focusing on what other people have. This is a great day to practice gratitude for all the good things in your life and remind yourself that no matter how good things look on the other side, you never know the whole story.”

In other words, don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides — a phrase I have written on my white board at work.

I just tried unsuccessfully to find a picture of “don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides” on my white board, but I found this instead:

In that photo of a neighbor’s yard, the grass is always browner on the other side of the fence (but the dog doesn’t seem to care).

I know this is a stretch, but the bathroom tile is always browner on the other side of the shower door, which is being installed today.

In other shower news, I can get rid of the intermittent banging noises in the pipes simply by lowering the water temperature, which is probably for the best. I’m glad to be on the other side of the fence of the anger I blogged about yesterday.

I’m on the fence about whether today’s other images are appropriate for Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day. What do you think?

I can’t even imagine being on the other side of the fence of 12 hours of sleep, but I’m not going to compare my insides to the Daily Bitch’s outsides.

Here’s what’s on the other side of the fence at YouTube:

Thanks to all who are on the other side of the fence with me here and now, including YOU!

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9 thoughts on “Day 3741: The other side of the fence

  1. glad you solved ‘shower-gate’ with an easy fix. the most recent thing I bought online was a pair of pink rain boots.

  2. The last thing I bought online, Ann, was a pair of tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at the JMA Wireless Dome in September. And on this opening day for Major League Baseball, I’m hoping the grass at our Triple-A stadium greens up nicely for Tuesday’s home opener for the Syracuse Mets as the family anticipates our happy day with our seats behind the home team dugout. (Tomorrow they open in your home state, at Worcester!)

  3. Looking back at my life, I was always heading for the other side of the hill (ignoring the advice of a Grateful Dead song “the grass ain’t greener, the wine ain’t sweeter, the other side of the hill.” Of course, I always imagined that this new course of action would make me happier, which never really happened, but it was always interesting and I had a lot of experiences that I never would have had otherwise and for that I have to be grateful. (talk aboucher run-on sentences)

  4. I’m reminded of the great Erma Bombeck who said “The grass is always greener over the septic tank.”

  5. I bought a new cat water fountain online. It looks promising, doesn’t have an electrical pump immersed in water like the current fountain. I hope my cat Andy can adjust to something new, but he’s a cat, you know!

    • The naked cat meme made me sputter! I’m glad I wasn’t eating or drinking something because I had an uncontrollable burst of laughter when I “got it”! LOL!

  6. “Being on the fence” was something managers

    • didn’t want to know about, when they hired me for a difficult assignment, more that ten years ago.

  7. As the screaming “singer” says, “They’re only pulling your arm…” Yup, the grass is not greener over there! The grass is always browner. I like that! Keep thinking positively, Ann. Like many of your followers, my last on-line purchase also was vitamin supplements. I am a fan of

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