Sunday Salutations: The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side…Or Is It?

4 Mar

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence,” is one of those quotes that’s meant to make us contemplate life. Why do we think that there is always something better out there? Why do we always want what we can’t have? It’s been going on a long time. Remember those stone tablets from way back when? The proverbial “Top Ten List”… Number 9:Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. Number 10:Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.

Sounds like a great topic for today’s Sunday sermon. Well, I’m not going to lecture or preach. I’m the last one to be giving advice. I just enjoy making observations in my little corner of the world. The one thing I can say is, I’m pretty happy with my life. I don’t covet my neighbor’s stuff. I’ve got plenty of nice stuff of my own.

Imagine my confusion when I discovered that the grass IS greener on the other side. When I looked out my kitchen window, the empty lot next door was already greening up, while my manicured lawn was still brown and dry as straw with winter’s dormancy. The grass on this neglected lot has never been watered, weeded, or sprayed. Perhaps the secret is Mother Nature has a better way of doing things. The crabgrass, clover, and hearty weeds popped through the dry black earth with glorious green boldness. I’m not coveting my neighbor’s lawn, but…it’s still greener on the other side.

If you think the grass is greener
Over on the other side
Try to look a little closer
With your eyes now open wide
Appreciate the things you have
Right in your own backyard
The world becomes a better place
It’s really not that hard.

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MY DRY BROWN DORMANT GRASS

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THE GREEN EMPTY LOT NEXTDOOR

9 Responses to “Sunday Salutations: The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side…Or Is It?”

  1. Amanda Griffith March 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Happiness is being satisfied with who you are and what you have and by all means making the best of it.

    • Toni March 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      So true. Thanks. I think that’s why we are content and happy people.

  2. scruffybertie March 6, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    I think we can learn a lot from our dogs on that front…they don’t think about the past or future…. they just enjoy the moment
    xx

  3. bdh63 June 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Very wise. I don’t envy my neighbor’s their greener lawns, their flowering trees, or their perfectly clipped shrubs, but every once in a while, one has a flower that stops me in my tracks. Flowers appeal to me more than lawn unless I’m kicking a ball with the kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. floridaborne June 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I like Erma Bombeck’s explanation: The grass is always greener over the septic tank. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. KidazzleInk August 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    And yearning… happily or sadly…continues to be part of the human psyche. Goals and desires are important but so too is being mindful of the impact they are having on our day to day lives.

  6. segmation March 26, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    The grass in my opinion is not always greener on the other side. We should be happy with who we are inside and out! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Linda July 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Well, to be truthful, it’s not really grass! It’s as you wrote, crabgrass, clover, and hearty weeds…which although green are all still weeds! So technically the weeds are always greener on the other side…lol ..your grass may be brown now but it will be green again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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