We’ve all heard the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Sometimes, it really is greener. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all privately looked longingly at something someone else has and thought it preferable over our lot in life. Their house is bigger. Their job is better. Their spouse is more dashing.
Why is the grass greener on the other side, at least in our imaginations? Because we water it. We water the grass in someone else’s lawn with our constant staring, coveting, and lusting for what someone else has. Meanwhile, we starve the grass in our own yard through inattention.
Here’s an idea. Water your own grass. Water your own career through investing in yourself and watch it bloom. Nurture the relationship with your own spouse and watch it grow. Paint your own house and fix it up. The reason the grass on the other side looks so good is because we water it with our constant craving and ignore the grass that we actually own.
Also realize that the other guy’s lawn that looks so green has problems you don’t readily see. Jump over into it and you too late realize that the green grass in his backyard is actually muddy underneath. Or perhaps you were too busy marveling at the deep green hue to realize that his grass is infested with weeds.
You’ll never be satisfied in life by focusing on the possessions of others. Focus on your blessings, gifts and talents. Cultivate your lawn and watch it grow green from attention and proper nourishment.