January 18, 2012

"The grass is greener where you water it"

"The grass is greener where you water it"

I saw this quote some time ago, jotted it down and forgot about it.  I’m not sure who coined the exact phrase, but a quick google search tells me that it is actually a book title—authored by a man named Tony Fadool.  I haven’t read the book, but I think the quote is worth sharing.

So…what does this mean to me? What could it mean to you…in your life?

January is a natural time for resolutions, new mantras and declarations of intent.  I’ve been reflecting lately on how 2011 was such a year of growth for me, and also thinking forward on how I can continue to grow in 2012.  One of my goals for the year is to really invest in the people who enrich my daily life.  I have been guilty of letting other obligations sometimes crowd out valuable time that should be spent serving, listening to and praying for my friends.  A big change for this year is that I am no longer the social co-chair for the Mississippi Society.  I have loved being in charge of events for the past two years, but it does take up a lot of time.  I hope to refocus my energies on watering the grass in my backyard.

I want to make an effort to connect with and serve those around me—and friends and family who live far away.  I want to support my co-workers better.  I want to be more available when friends need me.  I want to be the one to reach out and lend a hand instead of waiting to be asked for help.  I want to be patient and listen more.  I want to learn how to do tasks and travel at others’ pace 
instead of insisting on my pace.

Watering your grass to make it greener seems like an obvious task—sometimes so obvious it’s easy to overlook the patches that the “auto sprinkler” misses.  In 2012, resolve to water every inch of your grass personally.  Take the time to care for each blade.

Is there any grass that needs watering in your life?  Which of your relationships could benefit the most from extra time and love?

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