The Other Side of the Fence

You’ve heard the old adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” And you’ve probably heard the add-on, “but you’ve still got to mow it.

         For many people that other side is always there, so much so that they have a hard time enjoying this side of the fence. Chances are good that at some time in the past this side of the fence was the other side of the fence. When it was the other side of the fence it seemed ideal and full of so many wonderful possibilities. Dreams and schemes began with a wistful “If only…” Finally the opportunity comes and you’re on the other side where you always wanted to be. At first life is brimming with excitement. It’s just like you thought it would be. But pretty soon reality starts to set in. You find yourself dealing with disappointing circumstances and difficult people. What was once your dream is beginning to bear an uncanny resemblance to the brown grass you left behind. So you start thinking about another other side of the fence. And so it goes.

         No situation is as idyllic as it seems when you’re on the outside looking in. Life will be one disillusionment after another when you spend your time daydreaming of where you’re not and what you don’t have. Learn to make things better where you are, with what you’ve got and whom you’re with. Learn to be content (Philippians 4:11). Do that over the long haul and you’ll come to see that the grass is pretty green right where you are.

Brad Fry

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 9:22 am  Comments (6)  
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