Thank You Molly! Good morning respected judges, my fellow contestants and members of the audience. Today we are indeed honoured and privileged to stand before you and speak against the common motion that “THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE”. Hmmmm……not until you see my neighbour’s garden maybe then you will change your mind.
First of all, what does the grass is always greener on the other side mean? It means that from your perspective, what other people have is always going to look better than what you have. It’s about being jealous of other people’s things and never being satisfied with who you are and what you have.
I think each one of us is guilty of practicing "The grass is always greener" theory at various times in our lives; be it from moving schools, changing careers to pursuing new relationships. It happens most often when we are unhappy about some portion of our existence. The problem with following this practice is that once you arrive on the other side, we often find that it's drought conditions and there's nothing we can do and it’s too late to go back.
In fact the statement “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side” originated from a story of goats that kept trying to reach the other side of a river and when they got there the grass was all dead and since there was nothing else to eat they all starved to death. This story symbolizes that sometimes you should not try to change your situation or location but instead to work with what you have. I really like a quote from the song Million Dollar Man by Cutlass that says "the grass isn't greener on this lonely side." Meaning, don’t sacrifice everything and everyone trying to get a better life because you’re just going to be stuck wishing for what you had. Things might look good somewhere else and you want what others have because you think it’s better than what you have however that is not necessarily the case all the time.
Relationships are one area I am tempted to begin...
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