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October 14, 2014

Watering the Grass

Image: Flickr/jinterwas

Image: Flickr/jinterwas

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence; the grass is greenest where you water it.” (Robert Fulghum)

None of us sets out to fall into the trap of envying our neighbors. No one begins their morning saying, “Today, I will look at other families and lament the fact that mine isn’t more like theirs.” No one does that on purpose. And yet, many of us spend our days doing just that.

Life is hard. Parenting is hard. Marriage is hard. These are fundamental and universal realities. And the more time you spend gazing at the green grass in someone else’s yard, the less time and energy you have for your own.

Try to find the good in your spouse and in your kids. Then do what you can to focus on yourself. Make yourself the very best husband, father, wife, or mother you can be today. By appreciating the good in your own family and nurturing the good in you, your grass will certainly grow greener.

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