The grass is always greener on the neighbour’s side

Your strengths and your talents are unique. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Your strengths and your talents are unique. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

A clerk, coming out of his office, glanced at the emperor’s palace with its shining domes and thought: “What a shame that I wasn’t born in the royal family.

Life would have been so easy then”. The clerk went in the direction of the town centre, where the rhythmic banging of the hammers and loud shouts could be heard.

The workers were constructing a new building right in the middle of the square. One of them saw the clerk with his papers and thought: “Why didn’t I go to study, like my father told me. Now I would be doing easy jobs, writing texts the whole day, and life would be so easy then.”

At that time, the emperor came to the giant window in his palace and glanced into the square. He saw the workers, clerks, salesmen, buyers, children and adults, and thought how it must be good to be in the fresh air all day, doing physical work, or working for someone, or just being a street vagrant, not thinking at all about politics and other difficult questions. “What a simple life these simple people must have”, he whispered.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things, you only hoped for.”

Water your garden

1. The grass is not green on the other side, it is greener on the side you water it: Never compare yourself or your situations with others. They are different and unique. The Sun & the Moon shine differently, when their time comes.

2. Never leave something good for the better: By the time you realise that you had the best, the best may find the better. This is true for situation and relations. You might end up starting your journey all over again.

3. Be mindful of what you throw away, be careful of what you push away and think hard before you walk away: Appreciate everyone you meet, they are in your life for a reason, and there is a reason for everything they do. They are either a blessing or a lesson in your life, so be kind.

4. The fastest way to kill what’s special is to compare it to something else: Your strengths and your talents are unique. In fact, you are too unique to be compared with others.

So, stop comparing yourself with others and start focusing on whom you can change or improve – that is you.