Everybody always thinks the grass is always greener. ~ Patrick Ewing
Lately my youngest has been full of beliefs that the grass is greener on the other side. She often wonders if her life would be better with another family (you know, one that would not be so mean as to punish her when she does not follow directions, or one that does not make her do – gasp! chores!!!) I cannot really get angry with her for these fantasies, as I had them myself growing up – sometimes often! I would have all sorts of fantasies about my “real” family that was going to whisk me away to my paradise…. needless to say, I never got that “real” family because I was already living with my “real” family.
To be honest, my partner and I can be the same way – often. We look at our jobs, our home, and we wonder what else is out there in this big world. Some of it is our own need for challenges and feeling that when life is too comfortable the challenges to grow are not great enough and we need new adventures…. and part of it is a similar fantasy to that of my daughter – believing that somewhere the grass is greener.
The irony is, with today’s economic times, often the grass is greener right where we are. In fact, if we have a stable job and a good home, we are ahead of so many people in today’s world.
I wonder how much more content we would all be if we could take a moment and list all the things we are thankful for. If only we could look at all the green grass around us. I am not saying that we should not challenge ourselves to learn and grow, but that we also need to challenge ourselves to be thankful for that which we already have.
Today, 228 days ’til 40, I strive to remember to be thankful for the green grass on this side of the fence, even when I gaze at the other side…..