The “Grass is greener on the other side” is a familiar quote. In religion, many people prepare their lives for an afterlife which is depicted and understood as a paradise. For some, this concept may give them the impetus to lead a exemplary life style to prove their worthiness to enter this paradise. While others may ignore their present lives, only preparing themselves selfishly for the afterlife.
In our daily lives we often think that another job may bring us happiness. We covet that new car that our neighbor just bought. If my spouse was like the imaginary spouse on a television show, how life would be better. The grass appears to be greener on the other side. But is it really? The new job, is it better?, The new car becomes old, and you eye another one. Your second marriage becomes like your first. Maybe the grass is not greener.
Maybe it is better to fertilize your present grass. What does this mean? It may not be the fault of others, or the lack of material wealth that is making you unhappy. It may be that evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts have pervaded your mind. Sweep these thoughts from you mind. Fertilize your mind with good thoughts. When this happens, the grass becomes greener on your side.
What ever goals you have (enter heaven, heaven on earth, marriage, or a satisfying job), find joy in what you have now. Cultivate your mind and eliminate the evils (greed and arrogance). When this happens, the grass becomes greener where you are or wherever you go.