Idioms often express truths so fundamental that we ignore their real intent.
We say “the grass is always greener on the other side” when really what we mean is, it never actually is.
Things won’t be better by getting into that college, by getting that promotion, or by moving into that nicer house. They will all have their downsides. Yet we ignore the now and live for that future, and then say to ourselves, with a sheepish grin: well, the grass really is always greener on the other side.
Next time, say what you really mean. “The grass is never greener on the other side.”
The world becomes a different place when you know you have what’s greenest.