A few years ago, I moved into a brand-new house in a brand-new neighborhood. As part of the deal, the builder offered to plant quality-grade grass and do some landscaping in my front yard, and they delivered on their promise.
When I first moved in, the grass looked absolutely beautiful. It was vibrant, fresh, and green, and I couldn't help but admire my stunning front yard.
However, I must admit that I'm not particularly skilled when it comes to yard work. I have to maintain the yard and keep the HOA off my back. So what do I do?... I got someone else to do it!
I had only one job...water the grass and poor some grass feed occasionally. This was was because I do know how to automate the watering process.
Despite my efforts, however, my grass isn't as lush and green as some of the other houses in the neighborhood.
This is not for lark of effort, I tried top-quality grass feeders and various treatments, but nothing seems to be improving the color.
Frustrated, I finally decided to seek professional advice and hired someone to test my grass and soil to see what is going on. The expert explained that there are several reasons why grass may turn brown, even with proper watering.
One of the most crucial factors is the quality of the soil in which it is planted. Regardless of how many times I water my grass or how much grass seed I use, if the soil is of poor quality, the grass may become dormant or, even worse, die.
Simply watering it won't revive help- Once grass is dead, it detaches from the soil, and there are no roots keeping it from breaking free. The root system is also dead. So it requires reseeding, which involves stripping the area, treating and fertilizing the soil, and addressing any underlying issues before starting anew. However, if it's just dormant and still holding on with its roots, there's a chance to treat the soil without uprooting it.
This is not an overnight solution and it comes at the cost.
This revelation resonated deeply with me. Just like grass, our own growth and success are heavily influenced by the foundation upon which we stand.
If the soil in our lives, whether it be in our relationships or careers, is not fertile or conducive to growth, all our efforts and investments may be in vain. No matter how much time, money, and energy we pour into those areas, sometimes the best course of action is to tear everything down and start afresh. It's a humbling realization, recognizing that sometimes we need to let go and rebuild from the ground up.
This experience with my grass has taught me a valuable lesson. To take my time and assess the quality of the foundation upon which we build our lives. When faced with stagnant growth or unfulfilled aspirations, sometimes it's necessary to dig deep, identify the underlying issues, and make the difficult decision to rebuild. After all, true success and fulfillment can only be achieved when we find ourselves in fertile soil, ready to foster growth and nurture our dreams.