The Grass is Greener Where You Water It

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We’ve all heard the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side,” or, more simply, “the grass is always greener.”

It’s a phrase I’ve heard many a time and it is used to express us wanting something else in life, but with the premise of being complacent with what you currently have or where you are at. More often than not, it discourages action. And why wouldn’t it? The grass is always greener no matter what, right?

I want to take a moment here to turn this phrase into something much more than a wanting statement, or a complacent one, by combining it with action. Let me know if you’ve heard this one: “the grass is greener where you water it.”

I first heard this version of the phrase from my grandfather and I haven’t forgotten it since. By taking the original, defeating phrase and giving us the ability to define where the grass is greener gives the power back to us in the decisions we make. The power lies in you: the waterer of the grass.

This version, to me, is where it’s at. 👍

Before I go further. Where do you currently invest your time and energy? Where do you want to invest your time and energy?

I find myself daydreaming quite often of greener pastures and inevitably thinking about that wanting statement (the grass is always greener on the other side) without realizing that I have the power to water the grass on my side.

Granted, watering grass takes time and getting it to be lush and green can take even longer. But if you actually want to live on the other side of the fence, without becoming complacent and merely longing for greener grass, then you must realize this need for patience.

☝️ Quick anecdote! There was an extended period of my life that physical fitness was not a priority and, although I would have loved to be sculpted by the Greek gods and have a Hercules-esque bod, I remained complacent and repeatedly used the phrase “the grass is always greener” without doing anything about it. Until one day, out of the blue, it struck me: I did have the power to water my own grass. While today I am nowhere near that aforementioned body of Hercules, my grass has certainly become greener.

I purposefully made that paragraph short because my fitness journey was anything but. This contrast is important to note because oftentimes we only see the end result, either as the waterer or the waterer's neighbor. It’s almost as if we see each other’s lawns as a before-and-after picture, seeing no progress in between. And the reality is, you might not notice until your lawn is green, but it is absolutely worth it to realize the power you have, turning that wanting statement into an action statement.

The grass is greener where you water it. 💧 Where will you be watering?

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