We’ve all heard the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” and more than likely we’ve all been guilty of falling into that mindset at one point or another. It’s easy to tell ourselves other people’s situations are better than our own, especially since we see a very limited picture into other people’s lives. We only get to see their fresh green grass in their front lawn because it’s the only portion of their yard that’s out front on display for all who pass by to see. It’s the pretty Instagram photo or the adorable Facebook post that looks so well-kept and beautiful. But remember, that’s only a small fraction of that full yard…it doesn’t give you the full picture of what’s happening behind the front door of their house or within that fenced in backyard and the reality is you have no idea if that grass is even green at all.
Every time you are looking at those pretty pictures on someone’s social media keep in mind that you are only seeing that person’s front lawn… And even though it may look perfectly manicured and lusciously green, remember, there is a lot more to their yard than that green grass out front…and chances are if you were able to see what struggles were going on behind their front door or their dying grass in the backyard, you wouldn’t be feeling envious after all…
No one’s life is perfect. Everyone is dealing with struggles and challenges and hardships. So don’t waste your time coveting someone else’s grass. If we put half as much attention into taking care of our own grass as we do looking at everyone else’s, we’d be amazed at how green it can be.
Have a fabulous weekend!
~Amy Rees Anderson