Proverbial Thursday

Proverbs and sayings often provide us with wise words from all corners of the world.  Best savoured a little at a time, these sayings are passed down from generation to generation. Each Thursday, I post a saying, or proverb and a quote that I find thought-provoking.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


The quotes and proverbs I have chosen this week, relate to friendship.

That eternal concept that occupies much of our daily thoughts.

My daughter is having a crisis of sorts in her friendship group.

It is often complicated navigating adolescence with teenage girls.



The friends of our friends are our friends –

-Congolese Proverb


and this:

Promises may get friends, but ’tis performances that keep them –


(Thanks to the blogger Peggy for the book from which the quote came).


Friends come and go frequently in our life. They are often themed around where we live, what we do, hobbies and interests.

Sometimes friends can be unhelpful or hurtful leading one down a dangerous path. 

Fair weather friends are hard to understand.

Moreover, though, friendship is a beneficial experience.

Friends can help a person cope with extraordinary struggle and pain with a simple hug or a welcoming smile.

Friends reflect back society’s attitudes in a softer way, guiding us to where we have gone wrong.

Friends might let one down, but also reassure, entertain and teach.

Friends may live close by or far away..

Friends care.

Friends through Art


Why do we feel so heartbroken when a friendship collapses? Commonly, another friend may soon enters one’s life, and when this happens, we then have a wonderful opportunity to meet someone different. Someone with new perspectives and values.

Why, then, is it so hurtful to lose a friend?

What do you make of the proverb and quote for this week?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment.


Proverbial Thursday

Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last Week Australia

Each Monday, I post a photo of a ‘mystery’ location or even a mystery object.

I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in a post the following Monday, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released later in the week, (Thursday Australian E.S.T.) so as not to spoil the fun for latecomers, to this post.

Guest Submissions are very welcome!

If you have a photo you would like to submit, you can find my Email on my profile. Click the Gravatar on the side bar and drop down to reveal ‘View my profile’. Alert me with a comment below, so that I can be on the lookout for your email.

Here is this week’s Mystery Photo

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Where on earth could this be?

Please leave a comment below, if you think you know!!


Last Week’s Mystery Photo


There were so many great answers last week. Very interesting indeed. Some folk suggested vastly different corners of the globe, such as Sri Lanka, Africa, and Norway, but it was MOSY that guessed correctly that it was Australia, and even suggested it was Queensland. And so it was!

Fantastic, MOSY. Keep up the good work.

The exact location was a spot outside the town of Maleny, in the State of Queensland, overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains, named so by Explorer Captain Cook of England. The mountain you see in the middle of the photograph is called, Mt Beerwah.  You can climb to the summit, but I do really mean climb. It is not a walk in the park, by any stretch. You need to be fit.

In recent years, the neighbouring mountain claimed the life of a Japanese tourist who was fell to her death, purportedly trying to take a photograph. Very sad.

These mountains are remnant basalt plugs from an extinct volcano, with much of the intermediary landscape having been eroded away over thousands of years. ‘Thousands’ indicates just how old the Australian landscape is.

The forest you see comprises Dry Sclerophyll, and the trees are predominantly Eucalyptus, Box and Wattle.

Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery – ‘Pondering About’ who solves this week’s solution.


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Proverbial Thursday – Global Wisdoms

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.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you think so too.

This week, I present several quotes that are interconnected.


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“Only when we fully embrace change, can you find the good in it.”

Dr Travis Bradbury


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“You do the thing you’re scared shit-less of and then you get your courage. Not before.

That’s the way it works” – [from The Three Kings]


Does courage really come secondary to actions? I feel one must have courage and fortitude to initiate a dangerous manoeuvre, to ignore and override those instincts of self-preservation.

What do you think?


But then, there is this:

“We cling to the views that are familiar to us” – unknown



Why do we cling to the familiar?

Because familiar viewpoints make us feel safe and more predictable?

Is our perspective of actions, a kind of spectrum, wherein at one end, we would sit within a bubble, or a cocoon, safe and never stretching ourselves, and the other, indulge in highly dangerous and risk taking behaviour, stepping completely out of our comfort zone? Some risk takers say that is when they feel most alive?

How do we achieve the middle ground? Is that where we would feel most satisfied and most alive, without dancing with death? 


The final word comes from Anais Nin: –

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”


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I would love to hear your thoughts on courage. Join in the discussion by leaving a comment.


Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder About




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