The grass is greener where you water it.

Where you water it

As you start this week, remember to be all here, in the presence of this week, these days, this hour right now. May you remember to not see your children, your daily work, or whatever you’re called to cultivate, as interruptions to your day. May you remember that they are your day.

When life is a bit mundane, or even a bit—shall we say, character-building, resist the temptation to think things would be better if it were just next week, next year, when the kids are older, when you’re in a different city, when you graduate, when you’ve painted that room, once you’ve gotten into shape, when you’ve crossed that thing off your bucket list.

As things flow your way this week, find the courage to listen to that still small voice and learn from what life gives you. Right here, right now. Let the simple liturgies of your day teach you things. And may you be all there as you learn them.

Remember, the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I love your future goals, very inspiring!

  2. Thank you for the reminder Tsh that the here and now is the most worthy of my attention. That’s one reason I like decluttering too, so that I can concentrate on what is happening in my life now and on making new memories.

    • Yes – decluttering totally helps me with that, too. Or, the result of decluttering does, which is just living with less stuff.

  3. Thank you! I needed to hear this today!

  4. I’m always guarding against thinking that life will be better when _____ happens or focusing only on the challenging aspects of life’s current season.

    Now, I can also tell myself “the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.” I like that a lot. Thanks!

  5. It’s a grey day here, but you’ve spoken some sunshine into my Monday. Thanks, Tsh, and have a wonderful week.

  6. Cate Pane says:

    Beautifully stated and a perfect reminder for me when I am struggling with motherhood! You have a lovely way of expressing your thoughts.

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  7. Beautiful.

  8. Love it. Just what I needed to hear this morning!!

  9. This is one of my favourite nuggets of truth that I’ve gleaned here. And I needed the reminder this morning. Thanks, Tsh.

  10. Awesome post! I needed to hear that this morning!

  11. Marilyn says:

    Lovely! Thanks, Tsh!

  12. Such a beautiful (and needed) reminder. Thank you!!

  13. AWESOME. And slightly hilarious in a way that is all God – I just posted a blog like two seconds ago about this very similar thing. LOVE!

    Thank you for your post! 😀

  14. Thank you, Tsh. I’ve had a trainwreck of a morning, where every bit of schedule has fallen apart. This was exactly what I needed to hear today.

    • Oh goodness. Sorry about that trainwreck of yours. I guess this is just why I wrote it then… For your trainwreck and possibly others’. And maybe even mine this week. Who knows.

  15. As is often the case, this is exactly what I needed to hear this morning.
    Thank you.

  16. Re: The grass is greener where watered…looking back on on seventy-plus years, I’ve often wondered where our nearly fifty year life together would have gone had I watered the grass where I started, and remained changing tires for Sears.

    • Watering the grass where you are doesn’t mean staying put when you need to be risky and do new things. I’m all about that, and write about it all the time. But there’s a difference between settling where you are and contentment where you are. Never settle. But strive for contentment in the waiting.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I have a horrible habit of always looking forward instead of enjoying the present. I will probably be rereading this post a lot this week!

  18. CreativKesh says:

    Great post and reminder. I receive this and know that I didn’t cross it by chance! Living on purpose!

  19. “May you remember that they are your day.”

    This is such good advice, and just what I needed to hear right now! Thank you, I love these wise Monday thoughts.

  20. Very smart words, Tsh. I love this post. Have a lovely Monday.

  21. I needed this so much today. Thank you!

  22. Ugh, it is soooo easy to get caught up in that “things-would-be-better-if” way of thinking. I do it ALL the time. It would be so much easier if I had this or that or if we moved here or had more of this and did less that. It’s refreshing to just back off and let your brain relax and just be where you are without judgement.

  23. Oh my goodness thank you so much for this! I seriously printed it out and taped it to my desk. In the midst of trying to get our house ready to list, my husband working furiously on a thesis project (on the eve of graduation) and preparing for a party for 40 people plus house guests, I just kept saying….”I can’t wait until next week”. Reading this helped me to remember to focus on what’s right in front of me….it’s funny how we forget that so easily sometimes. Your timing is impeccable. I think I might not lose my marbles now. Really, thank you!!

  24. Have I mentioned how much I love these weekly benedictions? So good.

  25. Thank you for this. It’s EXACTLY what I needed to read this moment. My grass is getting crunchy 🙁

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