“But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.”~Big Sean~
Ok so he’s not the first one to come up with the concept, but it was the first time I had heard it. Just goes to show you, even pop culture has something to teach us.
The grass on the other side of the fence is so green. So very green. It beckons you to hop over that fence and roll around in it. Pretend it’s your lawn, your lush, soft, luxurious lawn. But alas, when you look back at your own yard it is dry and crunchy, overgrown with crabgrass and littered with tumbleweeds.
Darn you neighbor, making me look bad, darn you to heck!
I’ve got news for you. That neighbor’s lawn isn’t green and lush by mistake. It’s been soil-tested, fertilized, seeded, mowed, trimmed, WATERED. That person has done research, talked to experts, paid money, consulted, spent days in the sun even when it wasn’t ideal, cursed the rain when it screwed up the mowing schedule, chased the neighbor’s dog (perhaps your dog?) off the grass too many times to be counted.
It hasn’t been easy, but look at the result. Amazing lawn to enjoy. Amazing lawn for others to enjoy and be inspired to do the same.
I’m not saying we should all be keeping up with the Joneses. More about that later. What I’m saying is sometimes IT takes work. Whatever IT may be. Whether IT is getting to that yoga class, working on a budget, calling your grandparents, spending time with your friends, washing your car, etc. etc. etc. But the result is the reason we do the work in the first place. Our body and mind feels better, we feel confident about our finances, we stay connected with family and friends and benefit from the love and support, we have a car that looks good and lasts longer because of the care put in.
*FYI, just writing the passage above inspired me to pick up the phone and call my grandpa. Took me 5 minutes. I made his day.*
It’s not enough to just stare at something, point your finger at it and say “I want that.” You have to actually walk over there and pick it up.
Which prompts me to finish with another quote a tad older than that of Big Sean’s:
“When you pray, move your feet.” ~African proverb~