The Grass Isn't Always Greener: 3 Ways To Appreciate What You Already Have

We’ve all heard the phrase: "The grass is always greener on the other side."

Of course, it’s natural to occasionally lust after a life that’s idealistic and to occasionally dream of escaping elsewhere. Often, while we're busy envying the lives of others, our green-eyed monster paints a picture of something better that we’re dying to seize.

Whatever the case, this mindset will only ever hinder happiness. There’s another quote that says, "The grass is greener where you water it." To remember this is to find contentment.

In a generation rife with opportunity, it’s easy to feel trapped by the routines we’ve crafted for ourselves. Life can become a series of habits and plans, clocking in and clocking out, always wondering where the time goes. Yet we know there’s exploring to be done, memories to be made and lessons to be learned.

When we realize we’re stuck in an unfulfilled rut, it can feel like we have no control, spending most of our time wishing we were anywhere but here. Thoughts can easily wander to the exciting experiences and adventures waiting to be embraced.

That's okay, but you must realize that you are not locked up in a cell, peering out at an unattainable ideal. The term "reality" does not need to induce frustration. The whole world is real and tangible, with unlimited green grass.

To bring your desired world into your reach, first consider these three things:

Yourself

When life isn’t going as planned, sometimes a little voice starts telling you that it’ll unquestionably be better elsewhere.

If you’re going to go after your dream life, make sure you’re not just running away from having to cope with something else. Remember that your guaranteed travel partner is always you.

If you’re not happy in your skin or your mind, even the lushest pastures will not bring you happiness. Create an internal satisfaction that works for you.

Appreciation

How often do you stop and think of how lucky you actually are? The constant desire for more prevents us from being truly content with what we already have.

Be grateful for where you are in your life right now. Maybe there’s nothing actually wrong with your grass; you just aren’t looking at it with grateful eyes.

Change

If you still feel like life isn’t where you want it, take control. You alone have the power to make the grass as green as you would like. Take the time to dream a little, mull over what truly makes you excited and then make plans to go get it.

Stop talking about it; stop complaining that you don’t have it and go grab it. When we’re more content within ourselves, our goals and desires become clear. They don’t have to be huge or extravagant, but they should ultimately enhance and nurture your overall life.

Nourish what you have within your grasp now. Your watering can won't stretch beyond the grass right in front of you.

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