No the Grass Is Not Always Greener

Sometimes, I think it is human nature to think that the grass is greener on the other side of the mountain, that taking the path less travelled will result in greater happiness or glory and all the other sayings that go along with the idea that you gotta keep looking for something new or different.


I know that I have fallen into that thinking quite often in my life and while it has made for an interesting journey to this point, sometimes I look back and think about why in the hell did I make that choice? Especially when I have the advantage of 20/20 hindsight.

Sometimes it is best to stay with what is working.

What brings this topic up Harold?

Well, at work I had an opportunity to do something and turned it down.

Not because it wasn’t a decent opportunity, but because I am pretty happy where I am. I like (for the most part) what I am doing and who I work with. Sometimes when we peek at the other side, we focus so much on the what might be and the things that attract us to the other side, that we do not look closely at what we have. Then we make choices based solely on what might be, not what is.

Which often ends up biting us square in the arse.


While it might be great and neat to take a look at the other side of the mountain and see what is over there, before continuing to move forward — turn-around and take a close look at what you have. It might be better to stay where you are and the road you are presently on.

That road less travelled, might be less travelled for a reason or the other side of the mountain might be a dead end, leading to nothing but more problems for you.

Often in my experience the grass is not always greener on the other side, but still it seems we have to take a peek. As long as if we move on, we do it with our eyes wide open to what is in front of us and what we might be leaving behind, things tend to work out. If we do not, that is when things tend to go bad.

4 thoughts on “No the Grass Is Not Always Greener

  1. I think we like to wonder “what could be/could have been,” but security of what one has is worth a a lot. Two birds is the bush are always worth less than one in the hand. 🙂

  2. So exactly true … and very often that different grass that seems so much greener comes with new pests, a care regime that you hadn’t planned and cannot afford, and is toxic to you pets. OK, I have severely strained the analogy 🙂

    The idea of thinking about where you want to be or go can be highly motivational, but the focus on what you don’t have can only be destructive. Because in the one case we are looking at things internally – progress for ourselves, our relationships, our family, but in the other case the view is external – the bigger house, better title, shinier car, better looking romantic interest.

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