The Fence

Get off of the fence. We’re all there at some point or other on various topics throughout our lives. Truth be told, you should only be there for a very short time. You might hop back to the other side if you find that you don’t like the pasture you chose, but you can’t just sit there indefinitely.

Life is full of decisions. We have to decide what we’re going to eat, what clothes we’re going to wear, what movie we’re going to watch. These are all mostly superficial decisions. More to the point is who we’re going to be. Any decision big or small can contribute to this but most of those decisions become decided in advance once we decide who we are going to be. Deciding who we are going to be forces us off of the fence. It forces us to pick a pasture where the grass isn’t necessarily any greener, it’s just a little bit different.

What point is there sitting on the fence? You can’t spend your life sitting there saying to yourself “I don’t need to find out which pasture is better.” You’re likely to starve, as there is no grass on the fence itself, so you must step down to eat at some point. Then, like a fearful cat you jump back onto the fence and try to remain neutral while everyone enjoying the grass on one side or the other beckons you to come down.

I suggest you pick a pasture and check it out. What do you think about the grass there? Is it green enough? Is it nourishing? Is there plenty of it? Maybe you like the desert, the other side of the fence where less travel. Maybe you like the search forĀ  food and water, and maybe you like having a smaller herd. If you find it’s not for you, then hop on over to the other side and give it a shot. The point is, you’re going to find the pasture you like better and you’re going be be a lot more comfortable without a fence post up your ass.

Now you’ve found your pasture. You like the grass, you like the water, you like the skies, the weather and the herd accompanying you. Now what? Hang out there and relax? You certainly can, it’s easy enough. I suggest you don’t. I suggest you start running. Run so far and so fast into that pasture that you begin to discover what you couldn’t see from the fence. Follow the wandering streams, meet the herd you couldn’t see next to the fence. Explore the pasture of your choice and discover all of it’s unique character.

You’re eventually going to run into another fence with another pasture on the other side. So now you have a decision, do you hop up onto a new fence? You know you like the pasture you’re in and you feel comfortable there. Hopping onto another fence certainly feels like it would be an uncomfortable experience and certainly crossing right into the new pasture is going to be unfamiliar and possibly even a bad idea. I hope the answer is obvious. Check it out, see how you like it and explore every corner of that pasture if it’s good, if it’s your kind of pasture.

Decisions are endless. Ideas are vast, varied, and complicated. The grass isn’t always greener, but sometimes it just needs some cultivating and sometimes it’s still the kind of place you want to be. The point is to get off of the fence and explore. Find out who you are, decide who you want to be, commit and push forward into the unknown. There will be like minded people in every pasture ready to share it with you, it’s the fence that is the lonely place where you go to die.

There are a lot of fences, decide which ones are yours and live in the pastures they hold. Explore someone else’s pasture from time to time. Just don’t sit on that fence.