Proverbial Thursday – Global words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something. First up, I have found a bit of tongue in cheek with a hidden lesson!

Praise Allah, but first tie your camel to a post. Sufi Saying

and a reminder of our unique place in the universe –

It is in your act that you exist, not in your body. Your act is yourself, and there is no  other you.   Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What do you make of these words?

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Proverbial Thursday gives you Something to Ponder About

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Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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4 Responses to Proverbial Thursday – Global words of Wisdom

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Love the second one by the author of The Little Prince. Who we are lies in what we do, and what we do lies in who we are. They feed off each other, in other words. Every choice that we make, every move we make or each step in a certain direction that we take, it is often a result of our values and in a sense where we come from.

    What we do is not only a reflection of our personality but what we stand for too. I think it is when we get to know each other and see how we behave, that is when we can truly decide and feel if we gravitate towards them.

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    • I agree it is important to listen to our inner emotions that guide our actions, Mabel. Particularly when it comes to choices and different paths. The interpretation of events that happen or happened to each of us can vary so greatly between individuals and how they reflect on those events. Each Individual may interpret actions so very differently from the next person.Yet we expect all our friends to agree with our point of view and might even get angry if they don’t. Yet the reason for this is our individuality and lies with our own history. Because none of us are the same. How then can we possibly expect others to think as we do, have the same opinion or have the same viewpoint?

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    • Mabel Kwong says:

      It is an incredibly thought-provoking question you put there. I don’t think we can ever force someone to think the way we see things. We can try to convince them but ultimately it is their own choice as to how they perceive our actions. Our real friends are those who will accept how we think and not push us to be a certain kind of person.

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    • Real friends are definitely the ones who accept us and like us how we are, with all our individual interpretations. That doesn’t mean that we have to agree on all things, it might just be more likely that we agree on MOST things. I think there is also an element of respect involved in friends’ accepting others just how they are. Some friend’s personalities grate on something in us, and these are the friends we can not see too often, or else we seem to “wear them out” – yet we often want to maintain a link with them, because they are still fun to be around and nice people. Personalities may also be quite dynamic and friends who accept us how we are, may not accept us in the same way years down the track, and we drift apart. Having said all that, old friends are by that logic, rather special!

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