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Get out the watering can!

May 15, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In The Marriage Garden, James Marshall says, “In marriage, the grass grows greener on the side of the fence you water most.”

In other words…

It’s easy to imagine that the grass is better on the far side of the marital fence. We wish for something we don’t have while failing to enjoy what we do have. The good news is that there is a simple solution.  We can start watering the grass on our side of the fence; we can start investing in the relationship we have rather than wishing for something different. It will take time and care to get our grass flourishing, but we can do it.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

When you find yourself wishing for something you don’t have in your relationship, stop yourself. Remember the good times and good qualities in your relationship. Make a list. Celebrate—and care for—the patch of grass you have.

To find out more…

about couple relationships, check out The Marriage Garden program at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read The Marriage Garden book.

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