Sour Grapes and Green Grass
I’m just thinking aloud here. This has been bugging me for some time now.
There are 2 well known fables that seem to contradict one another..
1. The fox and the grapes. The fox sees a bunch of beautiful purple grapes on a vine and attempts to get them but he cannot reach. After trying for awhile he walks away and mutters to himself “they were probably sour anyhow”.
2. The sheep that are gazing in their field, across the valley there is another field but they're having a hard time enjoying their pasture noticing how much greener the grass appears on the other side.
Two very flawed human reactions to two very similar situations. Yet the two reactions could not be more different.
When faced with something desirable but out of reach when do we react like the fox and say, eh they’re probably sour anyhow and when do we react like the sheep and think that the grass is greener on the other side?
Is the fox saying that because he tried to reach the grapes, and exhausted all his physical resources?
Whereas the sheep, if they really want to could cross the fence to the other side, but are being held back by something more abstract.
If we could train our heart to see that desirable item that does not belong to us as grapes that are simply out of reach, would they become sour to us?
Rather than seeing them as lush green grass just over that flimsy picket fence.
Just some food for thought (if you’re a sheep)