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Where The Green Grass Grows

I will never forget parts of my childhood and one of the things I remember best is my father complaining about how he could never get the grass to grow healthy. He’d complain about weeds; he’d complain about fungus; he’d complain about too little rain, too much rain, not enough sunshine, kids in the yard and more. Then one day he decided to have the entire yard cut up and had all new sod put down. I’ll never forget how carefully he took care of that new sod. He watered it religiously, fertilized it in accordance with the landscaper’s directions and mowed it (or told me to mow it) weekly in season. I’d like to discuss the implications and analogies that my father’s yard care represented in comparison to relationships – which is most often how the green grass on the other side of the fence statement is applied. Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Like It…

Army basic training taught me some really valuable lessons… although I have to admit that at the grand old age of eighteen I really didn’t appreciate the lessons.  Now, a bit later in life, I understand them more and therefore appreciate them – sometimes quite a bit.  One of those lessons learned is held in this quote: “You don’t have to like it; you just have to do it.”  One of my Drill Instructors said that to a recruit next to me when the recruit (very respectfully) asked why we had to do physical training (PT – exercise) every day.  The recruit didn’t LIKE doing PT.  As he was told: he didn’t have to like it – he just had to do it. Continue reading