Today’s theme for Six Word Friday is “over” and what popped into my head was:
Sometimes grass IS greener over there.
Now I’m not saying that I want to spend my time envying what others have or being ungrateful for what I have myself. That is a surefire way to make myself miserable and reaching constantly for things that I should not have. The Bible tells us to not be covetous and for good reason too. People have destroyed themselves and others pursuing things out of envy and lust.
The musician, Little Richard, once said:
and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side,
but believe me, it’s just as hard to cut.
Often the desire of our heart is appropriate for us. Without the attraction of a better tomorrow – a greener grass as it were – we wouldn’t hang in there working so hard. Think of the work involved for a happy marriage, to finish a college degree, to build a career, or improve a talent.We wouldn’t work so hard or invest so heavily in our future if there was no payoff. Why bother? If hard work, sacrifice, and achievement has no reward, we may as well drink beer and watch television all the time. Or in my case, eat chocolate and read books.
Greener grass serves other purposes as well. Years ago, I left a job where management lied. It happened very selectively, which drove a wedge between those who had been lied to and those who had not. I hadn’t planned on changing jobs, but when I was called with a better offer – i.e., the grass was greener by a lot – I decided to go. I believe God made it intentionally attractive to motivate me to get out of that environment.
I’m sure if you look at your own life, there are actions you’ve taken because the grass looked greener to you over there and in fact, it was greener. Maybe you seized a once in a lifetime opportunity. Maybe you took a passion or talent to the next level because you couldn’t resist doing it.
If you didn’t succeed, that doesn’t mean the failure is permanent. It may be a stepping stone to something else, lessons that you need the next time the grass looks greener.
And if you’ve succeeded, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Mentor and encourage others who come after you. Look in the mirror, pat yourself on the back, and say – “It was worth it”.
The grass looking greener is why I love taking pictures like this – the allure of what’s beyond that curve or over the next hill.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.