A friend mentioned a quote to me last week. It was something to the effect of… the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.

It stayed with me.

After some quick research I found the original quote:

The grass is greener where you water it.

Neil Barringham

A little more research revealed this is a popular quote. Lots of articles written about the interpretation of it. It shows up on posters. Coffee mugs. Inspirational quote lists.

I have little to add to what’s already been written, but here’s my take on it nevertheless.

If I were my own best friend I’d remind myself the grass is greener where I water it. It is greenest where I put in time. Attention. Love. Care. Gratitude. Joy.

It might appear greener across the street, in my neighbor’s yard… However that’s a dangerous, slippery slope to go down – wanting someone else’s seemingly-greener grass, instead of working on my own grass. Making my own grass in my own shade of green.

So, water your grass my friends. Make it the green you want it to be. At the end of the day, if we each sit and look at our own plot of grass we might discover we all have different shades of green, a few dead spots, and some weeds – because we are all works in progress.

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