The phrase about “greener grass” has come to communicate that we shouldn’t desire what our neighbour has; but I had a new thought the other day.
So, it’s spring and I’m trying to get the garden back up. And you must know that I’m not the greatest at this gardening thing, I’m just really trying cos I believe in it 😅
Anyway…So, I was watering the grass….my very brown, dry, and sad-looking grass; and took a look next door to see how their grass is doing. And it was a far cry from mine – very green, very inviting.
The first thought that came to mind was the “grass always seems greener on the other side” phrase but in a “consoling myself” kind of way, you know. Like “their grass might look greener but you don’t know their problems” 😂🙈.
And then I realised, “No sisi, the grass is greener because it’s consistently being watered and taken care of”.
My neighbour loves his garden, and he puts in the work. In the mornings, you’ll find him in his garden, tending to it. In the afternoons, you’ll find his sons watering it.
As a result, you’re guaranteed to find it looking green and amazing, no matter the season.
This got me thinking about my desire for green grass….it’s very desirable but it doesn’t just come, it requires some kind of work, effort and commitment.
It then got me thinking about how often we can desire things, without counting the cost of what it takes to acquire them.
I want the green grass, but am I willing to do what’s required to have it?
It looks beautiful and I want it so much, but do I realise what work it takes to actually have a thriving garden?
Am I willing to put my head down and consistently work towards it, day in and day out?
If not, we have a real big problem…of wanting things without wanting to put in the work – which breeds all these problems we have in society of people taking short cuts to success, etc – we want what someone else has but we’re not willing to put in work & time, we want it instantly…the microwave generation.
I have so many thoughts on this and the analogies are endless, but here is what I walked away with: THE GRASS IS GREENER WHERE IT IS WATERED.