We’ve all heard the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” cliche. It’s a great saying that keeps us aware that we tend to compare ourselves and think that other people have it better. It’s perception. Because the people on the other side of the fence are thinking your grass is greener!
In life, we find ourselves constantly looking around for something better — better job, nicer house, bigger clients, faster car. It starts to seem like we’re standing in weeds, and all around us, there is lush green grass.
In fact, the more attention we pay to the green grass all around us, the uglier the weeds under our feet become, and why wouldn’t they? We’re watering everywhere but where we are standing. We wish we could work on something more exciting. We spend hours lamenting “what if,” and all the while ignoring what is. As this vicious circle continues, we assign all manner of causes to our plight, and the most common is blaming other people, circumstances, or just bad luck. While there may be external factors, the primary cause is us.
Relationships, whether business or personal, are like gardens. They are fragile things and require attention and nurturing. The moment we stop tending to them or take them for granted, they begin to wither. The decline happens slowly at first and often goes unnoticed in the early stages. Oh, sure, there will be subtle signs, but in the hectic pace of the day, we overlook them.
I came across this lovely graphic to illustrates how to keep the grass always greener
The weeds we see in our own backyard are green fields to others, and vice versa. There is nothing wrong with seeking new pastures and bigger, better opportunities. The mistake is not recognizing that the greatest opportunities are often right under our feet. Don’t let your relationships perish from neglect. The grass is always greener where you water it.