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The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side

Updated on December 25, 2014

It would probably be safe to say that at one time or another everyone has felt this way. I know I have many times.

Humans are a lot like cows. Look at the picture; this cow has all kinds of grass within the fence, but sticks her head through the barbed wire to eat the grass on the other side.

I have done it and probably will again: Look at another and think they have it better. All we are seeing is the outer and not the inner. Joe, Dave or Nancy's life may look so much better, but we don't see what is happening behind the scenes.

I am learning daily to just be content with what I have and to look around at those who have it worse.

With the economy the way it is, I have heard people say that there are no jobs here, so I will go to another country. They don't weigh all the other factors such as that other country's economy and language barriers not to mention prejudice.

The economy is bad everywhere. Lets look at jobless figures in the world:


There is never any wrong in trying to better yourself as long as it is legal. It is wrong when you want what someone else has.

I count my blessings in what I do have. A roof over my head and food in the stomach. I can read my Bible freely without fear of reprisal.

As for the economy, yes it is difficult. There is stress in paying bills and keeping gas in the vehicle. That is when we should pray even more. Pray for those even less fortunate. We should use the brains God gave us and look at the possibilities around us. I am writing more hubs because they are extra income. I am looking for projects I can do to sell.

Living here in Puerto Rico, fruits and vegetables can be grown and sold on the roadside. I have planted grapefruit, tomato and other trees and shrubs. It will take awhile for them to produce, but it is a start.

Look around you. Find something you can do and put it to the test. Woodworking and metalworking are examples. Make and sell some kind of clothing.

We can learn a lot from people of the past and even some of the present. The Amish and Mennonites are very good at using their resources and making money doing so. I love Amish jams and jellies. They make honey and many other things.

God gave us the resources and the brains to use them. Let's quit thinking the other person has it so much better and put what we have in front of us to work.

The grass really isn't greener on the other side. There is fertile grass right in front of you. Just look at it and grab a bite and see for yourself.

I just love this quote:

Maybe the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence because that is where the leaky septic tank is buried.

— Antony L. Ingram

© 2011 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks my love

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I tag this hub to "When Opportunities Fly Away". Thanks for sharing.

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      What more can be said, your message is perfect for the times we live in, in fact its always the right message. I pray for happiness for if I'm happy then everything else must be ok. If everyone is happy then everything must be ok in the world as well. So lets all just pray or meditate for happiness and see where it takes us... Great hub, voted Up!

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      7 years ago from Kingston, ON

      I use to say "people that think grass is greener on the other side don't know how to take care of their own lawn." The truth is that everyone in life don't have the same opportunities, but we do have to do the best that we can with what we have. Voting up!

    • Da Filkman profile image

      Da Filkman 

      7 years ago

      Wow, India was a shocker to me, as they have in many ways become the new Japan in terms of technological advances. It may very well be simply a matter of too many people to divide that pie amongst there, however?

      France just needs to start charging money for statues exported to other nations, plus get some type of royalties on the terms "french fries", "pardon my french", and that other one that I can't use in a family hub....

      Really sage advice concerning contentment and gratitude, man; this nation has more whiners and complainers per capita than is justified by our STILL comparatively high standard of living. You heard it every day when you lived here. I, too, consider myself "rich" if I have the basics, and there is a caveat here: remember that the quail didn't taste as good as the Israelites had hoped, when they murmured about the manna!

      Good hub. Me like.

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      Red Dwyer 

      7 years ago from Crandall, TX

      Great closing quote!



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