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Proverbial Friday

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, to me, of the experiences of many lessons learnt and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived. Not only that, but 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.

 

Weekly Quotes –  On Learning

 

 

The more I awaken, the less I desire to fit in

– Unknown

 

This quote appears to encourage individuality, but then I read this which contradicts the first in some way…..

 

“People who are truly effective,

didn’t get there by chilling out.”

 

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The first quote praises inventiveness, initiative and creativity, sullying the notion of collaboration and conformity.

The second quote gives us a reference to hard work and not quitting?

I suppose it depends on what you consider “effective” might be.

What do you think?

Are these sayings too subjective to be constructive suggestions for us?

 

Weekly Proverb – On Learning

Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

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Keep learning because knowledge is the key to power ~ Polish Proverb  
 

I invite you to join in the discussion, by leaving a comment.

Because everyone’s opinion is important.

What is yours?

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Proverbial Friday – Something to Ponder About

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15 thoughts on “Proverbial Friday”

    1. Yes the true meaning of words is always in the definition, particularly when it comes to expressions. The colloquial jargon of the young changes ever so quickly, Peggy, that even they get confused as to the intended meanings and urban dictionary can’t keep up with the slang!
      There is however, a boundary, between being ‘chillaxed’ and apathetic! Where that boundary falls for each person, is entirely individual, as it should be. However, it might be worth saying that I think at times, an apathetic attitude might belie an underlying feeling of fear, or failure in an individual, or, at least someone without any coping skills.
      Having said that, no one gets anything without a good measure of work, and if they do, they do not always appreciate how fortunate they have been. The saying reminds us of that.

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  1. The anonymous quote resonated with me first. I finally realized years ago how different I am and – more importantly – how that’s not at all a bad thing. I won’t recount my tales of growing up shy and reserved. I was well into my 30s before I understood how being “strange” made me just who I am. In fact, I happily describe myself as a “strange little man”, which garners looks of ‘Aha! I knew it!’ from others. Whereas I once cowered from and tried to hide my uniqueness, I now celebrate it.
    What a dull world it would be if everyone was truly alike.

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    1. So true, Alejandro. My kids are very shy and other children must have thought similarly of them as two of them firmly believe they are ‘kind of weird’, no matter what, or how, I refute that ridiculous notion. Everyone can be strange in their own weird, indivudual way. Who is to say that is wrong? Or that conforming/copying others is right? I heard Louis Theroux state recently that weird is defined as something the minority does. This can and does change. It is never static. Celebrate not your alleged “strangeness’ – but your unique individuality! It surely would be a ‘strait jacketed,’ boring world if we all marched to the same drum.

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  2. Great quotes, Amanda. Had this page open and been trying to get back here this weekend. Didn’t happen. 😦 The first one resonated for me as well. I’ve never, ever fit in and finally got to the stage where I just didn’t care. There are a lot of us that don’t have people they fit with and it teaches you to like your own company.

    My daughter is the one of those people who has a very difficult time with self motivation. I finally let go of trying to push her and found she has done very well moving at turtle speed. She probably could be more successful it she could push herself harder but it’s not who she is. I would drive people crazy because I had no off switch. But I found the dial after many years to take some breathing space and just sit and let the ideas flow to me. So when I’m chillin, I’m mulling things over. Making lists while I relax. We can’t all be race car drivers or rabbits. Some are meant to move at slower speeds.
    I’ve always had this saying that if I stop learning, just close the lid. (to my casket) I’d probably be dead. Life is all about learning. I like learning something new every single day. I learned about the wiring on my thermostat today. 😉 It can be the smallest thing but if you are open, the gift of learning is always at your fingertips. Learning is breathing to me. I guess that’s why I blog and read blogs. I learn from so many so much. Thanks for sharing your quotes. I learned even more today. 😉 Have a wonderfilled week.

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    1. Oh my gosh! It is like some weird kind of connection happening across the globe between you and me! My daughter was just talking to me about “fitting in” and “lacking motivation” just before I read this comment. She laments that she has turtle tendencies, wants to change things/do certain things but finds no motivation. She has some physical contraints that limit this atm, such as lack of Iron and Vit D, but perhaps it is deeper than that. Motivation is such a difficult thing to initiate in another. The other person must find it for them self. I think we all can feel like we don’t fit in, even the most extroverted gregarious people. (perhaps they feel it less so). Introverted people are in the minority so I guess it is natural for them to feel that way. (Count me in that group), but I think ageing is a great levelling phenomenon. Ageing can make you apathetic about things that are not that important and give you perspective that includes the bigger picture. Much more sensible way to life, don’t you think?
      Don’t stress about all the unread posts either…. enjoy the blog for the time you can, there has to be time limits on what we can do/read/write. Some allocate a certain time to reading and another block of time to writing. There has been quite a bit of discussion on this topics on some of our blogs who have been blogging for 5+ years.
      I feel sure you will always try your hardest, then you have to let what you don’t get to go. Your best effort is your best! That is all anyone can ask. Don’t push yourself past your best or else it becomes a chore.
      So agree about learning every day. An inquisitive mind is an interested mind.The gift of learning indeed!

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      1. It’s interesting about our daughters. Mine is 45 and has fibromyalgia since she was quite young. She has not been able to keep up with me since she was 5 years old. Doctors don’t know what to do with an unclear ailment. I also had her colors done by my instructor. I was too close to her to do them myself. It’s a very scientific process and it turns out she was a summer/autumn. Which essentially means her built in energy is slow moving but balanced by strong character. Understanding that, let me accept how differently she is wired and her strengths are different than mine. I rely on her perspective so much as she is quite astute about the world. The lack of motivation is often caused by her pain but she gets up everyday, goes to work, giving her job 110%. I’m offering the information as a possible place to view in your own daughter’s case. My daughter will be moving in with me in the next months to help me. I’ll enjoy spending more time with her.

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      2. I see that the cause of your daughter’s lack of motivation stems from a different issue, not least if which is difference in age, as mine is just out of school! However, your comments around differing energy levels discovered via colors is very interesting and made me think a little more. I am so glad to hear that you get to spend more time with her and she will help you move. Knowing the stresses and strains involved, I can say take up all the offers of help! It really is a draining process but exciting to have a new environment around you. Familiar things are comforting but one can sonetimes tire of looking at the same four walls. Are you looking at moving before Xmas?

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      3. No move before Christmas, Amanda. We are undecided as to the best way to proceed with what has to be done. My sister will possibly be at some time moving in with us as well. We both have the same lung disease that leaves wondering when, not if. We are both trying to get our affairs in order and I must sell my place while I’m able as putting it in a trust is cost prohibitive. It’s possible I could have another year as I’ve already made through this last one. My sister is showing signs of lung fatigue. I’m holding my own so far. The house is now more work than I can manage and I’m going to need something simpler. Who knew when I bought it 4 years ago but our mother had the same thing so we know what to expect. My daughter is allowed to work from home when I need extra help. In the meantime. we live each day as fully as possible. I have greater appreciation for every moment even though I always knew this is how life can work. We take it a moment at a time and just enjoy. I’m glad to have the opportunity to make all the preparations and not leave it for my kids to deal with later. Took another carload to Salvation Army yesterday. Simplifying is the word of the year for me now. Getting to spend more time with my daughter is a bonus. She has always been an unusual person but one I have come to deeply respect. Your daughter will grow into a wonderful woman. I’m certain of it. They watch whether we know it or not and learn.. 😉

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      4. I am sorry that you have to face the prospect of ill health I do SO hope that you will continue to defy the odds for many years to come, Marlene because you have so much wisdom to share! I am really happy to hear that you are going to be spending more time with your daughter. It will be comforting for her as I hope it will be for my children, when it comes time for me to move on to the next realm.
        I can see that you are very conscious of making absolute most of each day! Good on you! That is really living! I also imagine you see many smaller things before, that were so easily overlooked in earlier years.
        I can so relate to the Salvation Army trips, and have done quite a few of those myself, lately. Why do we accumulate so much stuff? We actually don’t need very much. Oh my gosh, I am sounding like a minimalist, something I have never been before. I preferred quite a bit of ornamentation, around me, particularly at Christmas time, but now I feel unburdened by simple clean functional rooms! Simplifying IS the word of the year!! I am sure your daughter must be quite amazing, to have been raised by a wonderful Mum such as yourself! Take your time moving house, that is my tip. It has been quite exhausting for me with relatively normal lung capacity, and perhaps you will feel it even more. Hugs, from down under!

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      5. Thank you, Amanda. I fully intend to defy the odds. So far, so good. 😉 Illness is the body’s way of saying something is out of balance and needs to be addressed. I’ve held on to all the gifts from family, friends and things that belonged to my mother. I was drowning in generosity. I have refused gifts for the last few years other than a meal out or time together doing fun things. Slowly, I’ve found places to share my good fortune and like you, am beginning to sound like a minimalist. It’s very freeing. Anyone walking into my home can see the abundance of love here and I’m happy to share it. My daughter was a tough act in the early years. One day the switch went on and she turned into this marvelous adult woman that makes me marvel. I often tell her I wanted to grow up and be just like her. Patience and lots of love are so worth it. Pulmonary Fibrosis is always terminal but I can make the most of what time I have with my family which is what we should do anyway. Just a wake up call. Hugs from wet Oregon, 😉

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      6. Wet Oregon sounds delightful! I love the rain!! Because we never get enough of it here! I can sense the love yo have for your daughter, in your comment and just how very proud you are of her. Tgat in itself is a priceless gift!! She sounds like a lovely person!
        I do enjoy giving away the majority of my treasured things and thought that if I was lucky enough to know that my time was short, I could prepare to condense down my belongings so that I had only the bare essentials. No fights over who got what. I have the joy of giving away things a surprise gifts and not much packing up for those left behind. A but morbid to think about but that us whatI have planned. We come into this world with very little and only need the basics. The rest is luxury and generally means loads of dusting!!!! Lol.

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