31 August 2016
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the grass is greener on the other side’ but have you ever stopped to properly consider what it means?
I spotted a quote on social media this week that said ‘the grass isn’t greener on the other side; it is greener where you water it’. That couldn’t be more true!
There is a children’s story that perfectly explains this, called The House with the Golden Windows.
A child living in a simple, small, and shabby-looking house would often look over to a large house on a hill across the valley and marvel at its ‘golden windows’. They glistened every time the sun shone on the house and the girl would dream about living there instead of in an ordinary house like hers.
A few years later, when the girl was a little older, she took the journey over to the house with the golden windows only to find that the house was abandoned and dilapidated and the “golden windows” were actually plain and dirty, reflecting only the neglect of the house.
Feeling sad, she turned to head home only to see her little house with the windows glistening just as golden as the house she was just leaving. It was the sun shining on her little house.
It was then that she realised, she had been living in her “golden house” that she always dreamed of from afar. But her house was filled with love and care.
It’s a lovely tale that teaches us to appreciate and nurture what we have rather than looking to what we don’t have and comparing ourselves to others.
The same can be said of both personal and professional lives. Often we look to others and compare ourselves, rather than looking inward at how we can grow.
It is something that I am still learning, as it is easy to fall into the trap of comparison and feeling that the grass is indeed greener elsewhere – no matter how fortunate your life may be. Instead, I am learning that being grateful for what you have and developing yourself is much more rewarding