|the green field surrounding the manor house in a distance|
I wondered at this almost in envy, contemplating why, in such a hot, dry climate, those people had managed to keep the grass on their land so lush and prosperous. What did they do, and how did they sustain it? Did they spend loads of cash on their massive property? After all, they seemed to be quite rich (if you could judge that by the size of their house). I couldn't understand the lushness during such a dry season and this ate at me, so I resolved to take a closer look the next day when I had more time.
|a closer look at the lush, green fields|
Envy and friendships
When friends seem to have greener grass on the other side, sometimes a closer, more intimate look reveals that the 'reason' for the envy is not real at all. Perhaps Sally is thin, well-dressed and just an all-round superwoman, but chances are, she's so stressed keeping her family together, that her stomach ulcer is keeping her from enjoying the good food she would love to have.
Envy has no basis whatsoever, and more times than not, the greener grass we crave from our friends' side of the patch, is not grass at all! It's the corn they're toiling day and night to keep watered and well-fed in a season of drought.
What are your thoughts on envy and friendships?
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