Sunday, August 21, 2011

Always remember Erma Bombeck's advice.

Now I am sure that you have heard that old adage that “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, many times, but have you also heard Erma Bombeck's very sage advice about Greener Grass?
Have absolutely no idea of who Erma Bombeck* was, but her advice about greener Grass is absolutely spot on.
She supposedly said, 'The grass usually looks greener over someone else's septic system'.
And how very true that is! Yes due to the extra water and the extra nutrients in a septic System, the Grass does indeed grow greener over people’s septic systems. (If they still have them these days?)
Now quite a few lessons can be learnt from this truth.
1. Firstly this can be a good or bad thing, depending on what you wish to use the Grass for. If just for mowing and keeping the place looking green, it can be both very good and very helpful. But as it will also contain much more nutrients that the grass really needs, it will make the grass rank and unpalatable to most animals grazing on it, unless further diluted some way. Thus not so good for raising livestock on it!
2. If also not properly drained, it can also make the soil around it too soggy to walk on too! Thus we learn yet again, that too much of a good thing, if not properly utilised, can be hurtful and not helpful.
3. We also see that sometimes it takes a lot of rubbish and effluent to produce growth. And thus we learn that what may be nothing more than excrement to one person, may be valuable fertilizer to another. Just depending on how you use it!
So today when you see someone’s apparent success, please look closer, because e all may not be as it seems. Also never look down at someone’s waste product, despise it or turn your nose up at it! (Pun intended.) Instead look to see if it is a good or bad thing, and if, how best, it can be utilised or at worst, neutralized. What say you now?

*According to Wikipedia, Erma Louise Bombeck (born Erma Fiste; February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became best-sellers.

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