Why Is That Grass so Green?

Don’t Be Fooled by This Optical Illusion

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There is an optical illusion that seems to take place when you stand a certain distance from the colour green.

From a distance, say across a street or even across a fence, the colour green can actually appear as if it’s greener than it actually is.

Maybe you’ve heard of this.

When you feel like you’re seeing this, your eyes are often being told a lie.

If you just walk across the street and get to know the grass you might see that the grass isn’t actually greener at all, or that the grass is actually fake, or that it is quite green but it’s because it’s filled with piles of k9-produced fertilizer.

There’s a lot more to a house than the grass out front and there’s a lot more to a life than what you can see from across the street.

It’s always easier to see an illusion for what it really is when you look at it up close.

Even with that said, chances are that you’ll always deal with this optical illusion.

You’ll always feel tempted to believe that the grass is greener on the other side.

The only way to get around the fact that the optical illusion looks real is to ignore it and live in light of the fact that it is an illusion — even when it feels really true.

It takes a lot of courage to believe one thing when what you see tells you another.

When you begin to give up envy and stop comparing, your mind might tell you that you’re fooling yourself and that you’re just trying to think positively about your own situation.

Take courage and press on.

Really struggling with this? What’s your other option? Staring at your neighbour’s lawn, wishing it was yours, and complaining about your own, will result in two sure things:

You’ll be unhappy.

and…

Due to the fact that you’re spending the majority of your time thinking about their grass, your grass will actually become less green.

So, take courage and press on.

Once you break the power of the illusion, you can begin to look at your grass for what it is.

When you’re back and living in the reality of your own lawn, you will have the opportunity to feel something called gratitude.

Without the need to compare your situation against the illusion, you can celebrate it and begin to see the unique beauty of the lawn you currently find yourself in.

Now that your focus is back on your own grass, you can begin to water it — not as reaction to other lawns, but simply from a healthy desire to take care of it.

The ironic thing is that if you give up comparing and buying into the illusion, your grass might actually become greener.


Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is Dose #55.

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