I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘the grass is greener on the other side.’ But the sad truth is that it’s not always greener on the other side. As a matter of fact, the grass is greener where you water it. So, just because you have never been on that grass and you assume it must be better than where you currently stand, jokes on you Boo, it’s not!
It is normal to feel stuck at times and not amazed by your current status. Maybe you feel like your relationship with someone is under strain. Of course there are times where we need to protect ourselves and put up boundaries in relationships that are causing more harm than good. But for the most part, frustrations and difficult seasons happen. No one is immune to trouble; it’s just a part of life! But instead of peering over the fence and contemplating what life could be like without that relationship, why not shift your perspective, face the situation head on, and begin to water it.
Sometimes trouble is a product of neglect. I’m not by any means an expert, and yes, I am young. But by the look of things, what I have observed and common sense tells me that if you aren’t ‘watering’ your present circumstance, then you must be neglecting it. And with neglect, comes trouble. There’s no harm in trying to fix what is broken and just because something is broken, doesn’t mean you have to trade it in for something new.
This concept applies to every situation, be it in marriage, dating relationship, siblings relationship, mother or father, relationship with a colleague or a dear friend if you neglect it then it will wilt. But if you water it, then it will flourish.
Just because the grass seems greener on the other side, doesn’t mean that your grass can’t be even greener if you actually water it. In fact, though the grass on the other side may look greener from a distance, once you get there and make yourself comfortable, something interesting happens, the grass changes colour. You will then see that patch of land differently. You will also have a strange desire for the green grass you left except now it is burned and won’t let you back.
First things first, show yourself grace. You’re human. You’re not perfect, neither am I or the person next to you.
Secondly, just start watering it. Also remember that as much as the grass on the other side is greener the water bill that side is also high. Therefore, the best way to enjoy green grass is to water your own yard.
Simple, intentional decisions will ensure you are watering the relationships in your life. Let me echo my earlier words, I’m by no means an expert in this area, but I know that we could all receive this reminder to think twice before comparing our situations with other people’s. That way our grasses will flourish.
Until then, keep watering your grass…