I know you’ve heard the saying “the grass is/isn’t greener on the other side.” You’ve probably also heard it said that the reason we think the grass is greener on the other side is because we pay more attention to ‘their’ grass instead of tending to our own.
Well, I want to take a moment to talk about doing the work.
About a year ago, hubby and I talked about taking better care of our grass. You see we have this neighbor who has impeccable grass. Check out the photo below… You’ll noticed the not-so-cared-for-grass is ours and the really nice grass is that of our neighbors across the street.
Well one of the things that I’ve learned about watching our neighbor is that you’ve got to be in it for the long haul if you want your grass to be green just like the grass on the other side. And just so you know, while writing on my porch, my neighbor had already been out watering his grass and tending to his lawn. Talk about consistency.
Over the years, I (we) noticed that every chance he got he’s be out two sometimes three times a day watering, cutting, trimming his grass. He was doing the work.
Hubby and I on the other hand… NOT! (lol)
We wanted the green grass like our neighbor but we’d just been offering lip service. You know, talking a good game.
Well since writing this post (it’s been about a week), guess what I’ve been doing?
Yep you guessed it!
DOING THE WORK!
I found our sprinkler, hooked it up to the hose so that I could water my own grass instead of watching my neighbor water his. It’s actually been 2-3 times this week. I’m pretty proud of myself, if I do say so myself.
Now you might be wondering how this applies you, well like hubby and I, I imagine you’ve got really good, no great lip service. You even know what to do (or maybe you don’t). You watch other people get their lives in order. You watch other people go after their dreams. You talk about how great their ‘grass’ looks and how you wish you could get yours to look like ‘theirs.‘ You talk about wanting what they have or something similar.
BUT you just sit by in admiration, sometimes with envy wishing and wanting things to be different however you aren’t doing anything different.
Let me ask you this?
- Are you willing to do the work needed to have the green grass (life, dreams, goals, etc.) you admire and desire?
- Are you willing to learn what’s needed to accomplish what you desire?
- Are you ready to start doing and stop talking or thinking about it?
You see, in addition to being willing to do the work, you may have to learn a new skill or get some training and you will most assuredly have to stop running your mouth and get to work.
I will say that there is still much to be done with my own grass, but I am proud to say that I am doing the work. My next step will be to buy some grass seed to make my lawn fuller, as well as get rid of some of the weeds, but I am committed to doing the work, what about you?
- Identify your ‘green grass.’ What have you been talking and thinking about doing but have yet to do?
- Stop talking and thinking about it.
- Identify what’s needed in order for you to get started? Do you have what you need or will you have to acquire tools, supplies, training, etc. (Don’t spend money if you don’t need to.)
- Take some time to write in a journal why you haven’t gotten started today? What’s really holding you back. Sometimes it’s easier to admire what others are doing from a far than it is to put the work in.
- Start today. Do the work. Do one thing today that will inch you towards achieving your ‘green grass.’
I know that his/her grass seems greener on the other side, but you could have green grass if you would just do the work. @TrueheartSpeaks
Until Next Time…
Hug + Love + Prayers
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