Even a small mouse has anger
– Native American Indian Proverb
On a family law practice window:
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”
~ Marilyn Monroe
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.
Lastly, this week, this enigmatic quote:
“Anger punishes itself.”
When we get irritated with others, it seems easy to sub-consciously blame them for our unhappiness. We think that we’re not happy and it must be their fault. Or perhaps we get to be martyrs thinking – we are okay and they (obviously), are not.
Have we considered that everyone has different temperaments and different priorities, because everyone IS different?
Some people shout and scream, whilst others show little emotion,
some never open up,
some are notoriously late,
some never get excited about anything,
others won’t spend a cent without much thought whilst another is a spendthrift.
The challenge is to respect others enough to allow them to experience life as they choose. We can still enjoy their uniqueness, however different their values might be from our own.
If they are so very different from us, it is a great opportunity to learn something and to appreciate others for who they are. We touched on this in last week’s post, particularly, in the comments section.
Setting aside one’s prejudices is not easy, but to do so can enrich one’s life! Try it for one day/one week/one month!
How do you handle people who “get your back up,” or who are so different from yourself?
What do you think of Marilyn’s words? Do they speak about modern life?
Join in the discussion by leaving a comment.
Everyone’s opinion is important. What is yours?
Every Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. I hope you will too.
Proverbial Friday –
Something challenging to Ponder About