I was cleaning and purging my bookshelf the other day and came across a book called “10,000 Ways to Say I Love You”. It’s a book filled with relationship quotes, advice and other similar things. I flipped it open and came across this…
“The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.”
I love this quote and feel that it applies so easily to many things in life, whether it be your job, home, friendships, relationships, or even just literally your own front lawn. If your not going to take the time to care for and work at something, you won’t be able to appreciate all it can bring.
I personally apply it to my relationship with my boyfriend. We have a bit of distance between the two of us, with a minimum 45 minute drive between our apartments. When you combine that with our often conflicting work schedules, we just never see each other as much as we both would like to. It’s never easy when your dating someone you don’t often see; it can lead to loneliness, misunderstandings, even jealousy. Despite our distance however, I feel that we do a great job at “watering our lawn”, and put the effort into our relationship that it needs to grow. We make the drive to each-other’s place at least once a week, call each other every day and make the most of our time spent together.
Any good gardener will know though, that watering isn’t the only thing it takes to make a plant thrive. It also takes feeding, weeding, trimming and other little daily things. One thing I love the most about my boyfriend is all of the little things he does. The last time he was down, he noticed one of my tire’s was flat and pumped it up while I was at work. I told him a favourite song of mine and he searched out the CD it was on, so I could listen to it in my car. He stops at McDonald’s to bring me fries if he know’s I’m hungry. He surprised me at my door with flowers for no reason.
If our relationship were a lawn, it would be a lush, green and vibrant. I feel so lucky to be with someone who puts the care and effort into our relationship that he does, and it makes me appreciate him all the more.