I love this analogy. It's a great way to illustrate priorities and how we value (or devalue) things in life.
I think the reason people take issue with such analogies sometimes is because there is an instinctive tendency to interpret them as saying, "If you
appreciated what you had, you wouldn't be so miserable." People feel that it invalidates their feelings or the predicament they find themselves in in
their own lives. While I don't believe that's the case here, people do use such analogies and otherwise positive messages to do precisely that
I think those who feel that way might say, "I do appreciate my golf balls, and I value them above everything in life. But they happen to be dirty,
chipped, in some cases lost or broken, golf balls, and that makes me unhappy." That's a valid feeling and statement and shouldn't be dismissed in the
name of "positivity" in my opinion.
But as I said, I love the analogy and the message behind it. So I will conclude by saying, tongue firmly in cheek, "I wish you all shiny, plentiful
edit on 9/29/2012 by AceWombat04 because: Grammatical errors