Just for today, I will not worry. …
Just for today, I will not be angry. …
Just for today, I will be grateful. …
Just for today, I will do my work honestly. …
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
The grass is not greener on the other side – Its greener where you water it
I think a lot of people always live with the attitude that that other people have it better. That the grass is greener somewhere else. That things will get better when I have more of this or less of that in my life. If only I had what she has or dated him or could go to those places or looked like that – everything would be so so much better and I’d be happier! We’re all guilty of having those ‘green-eyed-monster’ moments, envying people who seem better-off or more settled, prettier, better dressed or with a better job – seemingly more together with this whole ‘adult’ thing and further along the road than us.
I think it’s easy to end up thinking this way when we live in such a materialistic, competitive, image-focused society, where we post and share every detail of our lives to show how fun and great things are. Everyone wants to boast about their food and holidays, new shoes and their super fulfilled life. FOMO is now a real thing. Its hard to keep up even if your trying to.
It’s east to feel overwhelmed or sometimes resentful by the void between what we want and what we currently have, especially if your constantly being told what you should be doing and what milestones equate to ‘success’ and ‘happiness’. As the pressure to hold it together and keep up with the Kardashians builds, it’s natural to think your missing out or doing things wrong and that the ‘grass may be greener’ somewhere else.
But have you really stopped to inspect your own lawn!
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
You see, when you’re travelling you strip everything back to basic – and get excited by the smallest things. A good meal, a clean bed to lay your head, the kindness of a stranger in a foreign place, a hot shower, the ability to cook for yourself, tap water, a beautiful day! It’s actually so refreshing to remove all luxuries and focus on the sights your seeing and the people you’re meeting. You have a few sets of clothes and the bag on your back and all you need is a bed to stay in and food to keep you going. You appreciate every day as a new opportunity to explore. It’s an extremely humbling experience.
“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn
And it’s impossible not to start to count your blessings back home. You appreciate all those home comforts and how lucky you are to feel safe and secure. You realise even more acutely how amazing the people back home are because actually home really is wherever they are
You see, I think it’s so easy to loose sight of how lucky we are everyday.
It’s like that cartoon strip of the man in a car wishing he had a better one, next to a man on a bike dreaming for a car, and the man walking down the street, wishing he had a bike. But what about the man in the final image confined to a chair wishing he could walk! It’s so easy to feel like more will make you happy instead of counting your blessings in that moment.
Yes it may be easy for me to say this as I sit sunbathing on the beach in surfers paradise, on a three month trip around Australia. But this trip has just made me more grateful of everything I have back home on the other side of the world – my own grass.
It’s made me grateful for the road that took me here – even though it wasn’t an easy one – every bump in the road knocked me closer to this decision to travel. And all those small victories and moments in between, make these big moments all the more beautiful and humbling.
“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”Andy Rooney
Travelling has definitely shown me how important it is to start the day with a grateful heart, and give thanks for all the gifts we have in our lives – big and small.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
We may not have everything we want yet, but we all are rich in many ways when we stop to think about our blessings. And you know what, there is time to get to where you want to be – and that is a blessing in itself When you focus on what you lack, you never have enough! It’s simple. So start watering and nurturing your own grass – your own wellbeing and contentment, goals and aspirations, your own contribution and relationships, and you will start to live a more fulfilled life each day!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” —Oprah Winfrey.
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