“Never leave something good in search of something better, but once you realize that you had the best, it will no longer be available to you”
We are fond of the saying, the grass is greener on the other side. However, that may be true to some extent but on the other hand, we can always make “little sanctuaries / heavens” in our present situations. We always look over the fence and desire what our neighbours have and forget to appreciate what we have. We tend to make quick changes in our lives in the hope of getting everything better but end up doing it the wrong way. This applies to those looking for fancy lives, jumping from one relationship to the other in the hope that things will get better, changing jobs in the hope to get satisfaction etc. We dismiss from our minds the fact that people have different ways of making things work. What your colleague has gone through to make their grass greener might not be such an appealing method to you once you are introduced to the concept.
Usually, the grass is greener on the other side because it’s fake. Why and how you may ask? The world as it is today, human beings are addicted to putting on a show for the world to see. We are ever in competition with others which makes us shift our boundaries and forget that there might be repercussions.
Social media has become the biggest fuel to this fire because it lets us lead lives which make us excessively interested in ourselves and other people’s lives in all the wrong aspects, and not only do we have the urge to make our lives better in finances or relationships but even our appearances. Countless young girls desire to look like Kylie Jenner or Beyonce, while many young men want to “ball’ like Jay Z or Whiz Khalifa at the expense of others, their health or more important things in life.
Several young people would rather use money meant for their school fees to acquire those Jordans or Michael Kors handbags they saw their friends with and for the slightly older generation, they’d rather go on a more exotic vacation than that their friend went on, forgetting that they still have house rent to pay etc.
When we view people and their lives in such a manner that makes us think less of ourselves, and the lives we live, rather than appreciate what we have, we feel the need to “show” them that we also can do better. However, we neglect the gospel truth which is, the grass is always greener where you water it and not on the other side. What your neighbour has, regardless of how good or desirable it may look, is not what you should be concentrating on. They may have gotten to a “perfect relationship / marriage”, a “villa”, “exotic vacations” or a “perfect beachbody”, but that should be none of your concern. Remember all that glitters is not gold. So do your best and work for it. Do not put on a show, or make life a competition. Do you and water your grass. Get to where you desire to be, love your life and continuously work on it for you.
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