Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog.
I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.
Mostly anonymous, proverbs are a portal through time, to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures.
They speak of the experiences of many lessons learned and thousands of lives already lived.
They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.
A bad dancer blames the hem of her skirt.
You rest the way you have made your bed.
~ Polish Proverbs
Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Something from the Master of Basic Needs, Maslow, for us to ponder over.
“You will either step forward into growth or step back into safety.”
There seems to be an ever – increasing temptation in society to lay blame, as the Polish proverb refers, in the event of something going wrong. We seem to abrogate our responsibility by finding blame, or highlighting those responsible. Can admitting our failures make us appear weak?
An accident can never be as such…..
How are your bed sheets looking? Do you ready to sleep on smooth, orderly bed linen, or bury yourself comfortably in a tangled chaos?
I welcome your thoughts and invite you to join in the discussion, by leaving a comment, on your interpretation of the proverb.
And, how do you see Maslow’s quote on safety and growth?
Can these qualities operate simultaneously or are they oppositional?
Sharing one’s perspective may increase our understanding.
Something to Ponder About on Fridays