The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

The grass always look green from afar. Only when you go closer will you realize that it is not so. Similarly this proverb simply goes to say that one must always be content with what one has and not keep comparing it with what others have.

When we are not happy with what we have, then what the other person possesses always looks better. Only when we place ourselves in their position will we realize that everyone has their own set of problems and difficulties.

Raj had always dreamt of working in the USA. It was his long time ambition to study abroad and also find employment there. He was not happy to stay and work in India. He was always complaining about the living conditions, corruption, pollution, population and traffic. He forever spoke highly about the disciplined life, working culture, clean surroundings and economic opportunities that other countries had to offer.

In short Raj thought that living abroad was the best way to earn money and enjoy a lavish lifestyle. So when he got an offer to work in the USA, he readily grabbed the opportunity.

Raj enjoyed his stay in the US during the first few months. The new surroundings and varied landscape were a source of great wonder and excitement for him. But slowly he realized that he was missing Indian food. He realized that people abroad led a very mechanical life and there was no interaction between neighbours. Since everyone gave too much importance to privacy and individual space, people were not really close to one another. Raj felt very lonely because of this. He also understood that he would always be treated as a second citizen - an outsider - there.

Although one could earn a lot of money and stay in clean surroundings, Raj realized that things like family camaraderie, colourful festivities that we have in India, the variety in food, clothes, culture and entertainment were all missing there. He was missing the very crowds that he had complained about.

It was then that he realized that every place and situation had its own advantages and disadvantages. It is foolish to compare people, places or things. Each has a distinct feature. We always think that the other side looks more appealing. Only when you experience you realize that everywhere there are problems to be faced and issues to be solved. So the best way to be happy is to stay contented and stop grumbling.

Similar Proverbs :

A contented mind is a continued feast.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.


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