Where The Grass Is Greener
“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” What do you think this American saying means? Do you have any sayings similar to this in your native culture?
Think about your own life as a child. Do you remember times when “the grass looked greener on the other side of the fence?” Tell about a person - friend, acquaintance or stranger, or family member who you envied. (Envy is a feeling that you wish that you could be another person or you wish your life in some way could be like another person’s life.)
Think about a time in your life when you made a decision to change to a better situation. Give an example of when the new situation was worse than the old. Give an example of when the new situation was better than the old.
We have another American saying, “Not all that glitters is gold.” What do you think is the idea behind this saying?
Think of examples of things in life that “glitter” - that look very good and attractive - but after you get them, you find they are not “gold” - they are not really good or quality or valuable. Give an example when you were offered something that “glittered”, but was not really “gold.” How did you know it was not quality? Give an example when you were fooled by glitter.
America has a high divorce rate. Perhaps one reason for this is that Americans sometimes look for the “greener grass” in their spouse. Since no wife or husband is perfect, it is easy for someone to think, “maybe that new person would be more interesting, cool, loving, fun, committed . .” How would you advise a friend to handle this temptation?
A writer compares human life to grass. Do you think this comparison is useful or not useful? Explain.
“All flesh (humanity) is like
grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8
*****What kinds of things that seem really important now, may not be important at all after we die? What things might still be important after we die?