Perspective: How to Make the Grass Greener

Right now, instead of being at work, I'd rather be at home relaxing.  Instead of going through a labyrinth of paperwork and a perpetually growing to do list, I'd rather spend time with my family or go on a "daycation."  I'm sure there are plenty of people who feel exactly the same way.  On the other hand, I'm sure that there are a multitude of people at home (possibly unemployed) that would love to be in my shoes. 

Now that I think about it, I remember what it was like last summer when I was unemployed; it was an exciting and (mostly) scary time.  There was so much possibility, yet so much uncertainty.  My wife and I penny pinched, clipped coupons, and made use of every cent we spent.  We were expecting our first child in a couple months, which was exciting, but scary since we didn't know when we'd get our next paycheck.  I constantly considered how different life would be if I had a job.  As hard of a situation that was to be in, it was absolutely terrific to be able to spend my whole day with my wife.

Except for the 1-2 hours I spent applying for jobs daily, she and I got to relax for most of the day.  We enjoyed each other's company and didn't have to go to work or class.  That time was our uninterrupted couple time we had to ourselves before our son was born.  It was a very stressful time of my life, but one of the happiest periods of my life.

In both situations, being employed now and unemployed last year, the grass is greener looking at the other side.  It has been easy for me to want what I don't have.  A couple days ago, a colleague of mine told me, "The grass isn't greener on the other side; it's greener where you water it." 

That thought hit me really hard (not literally).  Instead of wishing for what I don't currently have, I can take a proactive approach and be satisfied and happy with what I currently have.  If there is something that's not making me happy, I can do something positive about it instead of complaining.  Right now, I have the funnest job I've ever had.  I get to do what  I love to do (teach) every single day.  It's (almost) never boring.  If I ever get frustrated or discouraged, I can remind myself that my work is meaningful and makes a positive impact in this world.

The "grass" I stand on grows greener with every passing day.

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