I like Robert's practical way of looking at the
world. Of course, he's not addressing the
metaphorical meaning about envy of the original saying,
but that's okay--he's making another important point by
turning an old saying on its head. And he's
right--the grass is greenest where it's watered.
When we take care of the things in our lives, when we give
them the nutrients and care that they need to grow and
thrive, then they shall thrive, and the grass will be
green and healthy.
And it truly doesn't matter where the grass is. A
neighbor can need encouragement, and that's grass that we
can water. A co-worker can need to hear some words
of friendly and helpful advice, and that's another patch
of grass to which we can give water. A colleague may
need some help with a personal problem, and we can water
that lawn, too, with the offer of time and help.
Somehow our culture has grown even more obsessed over time
with the concept of me-first, the idea of making sure that
our grass is greener than any of the neighbors', and we've
even come to look at ourselves as somehow lacking as
people if one of our neighbors has a nicer-looking lawn
than we do. But communities thrive only when people
help each other, without regard to fences or ownership or
Wherever I go today or tomorrow, if I carry a small bucket
of water with me I can make sure that I'm able to water
any grass that I find that needs it. In my own
small, seemingly insignificant way, I can make a
contribution to the beauty and health of the entire
neighborhood instead of focusing solely on what makes me
look better in my own eyes.