Feeling A Little Relative Deprivation

So this was a little funny-sad.

We were taking a walk.

And we passed these two houses side by side.

One, this tall stately-looking all brick manicured corner house.

The other, this cozy and sort of beat up little white siding house.

The juxtaposition of these two as neighbors couldn’t have been funnier.

Sort of like strong and determined Rocky and the nebbish that couldn’t.

Listen, there isn’t anything objectively wrong with the little older white house.

Taken by itself, it may actually be a nice place to live — as I said, it’s sort of charming (even while the other is commanding)!

But when you put it against the big new brick fellow, it’s just a story of relative deprivation ready to be intensely felt.

Both have a roof over their heads…and both in the same nice neighborhood.

Yet neighbor and neighbor — but for no reason, one ends up feeling probably a little shitty — that’s putting it in comparison, of course. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.