Proverbial Friday – Worldly Wisdom

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May you taste your words before you spit them out

~ Irish Proverb

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.

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

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“Good people are found, not changed.”

~ Jim Rohn

Good people, the quote says! Who are they? Folks whose values approximate our own? Is having common values the intangible rope that draws us to certain people?

What makes us shy away from those who are different, or conversely, try to change those who think differently, or act differently to us?

Can we ever really know what past events have shaped an individual’s attitude or values? Even if those values clash with our own, is it still possible to learn something about them, if we can only set aside our prejudices?

Our lives might be richer for being more open.

How can we grow on a personal level, if we stick to just the “good” people and seek a monogamy of values?

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Every Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying, as well as a Quote that I find thought-provoking. I invite you to join the discussion by leaving a comment on your own particular interpretation of the proverb.

Everyone’s opinion is important.

Sharing our perspectives increases the possibility for increased understanding.

What do you want to say?

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Proverbial Friday – Worldly Wisdom

 No one can climb a tree with no branches

– Finnish proverb

 

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What do you think the underlying message says. Does it refer to the support of friends and family that folk find so essential to personal growth and development?

 

Or, could it refer to the many divergent paths one might consider, or does take throughout life, before we reach our ultimate destination or end goal?

 

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I often find there is 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 Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

 

 

Nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a smile that has struggled through the tears

~ Demi Lovato (Actress and Singer Song-writer)

 

 

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This theme of this week’s  quotes is power, not raw power, but rather that power of the self, as an entity, that power we find within ourselves.

 

 

The less effort, the faster and more powerful

you will be

~ Bruce Lee

 

 

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We have nothing to lose by trusting the infinite power

of the Self, except the bondage of our own ignorance

 

~ Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

 

 

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And finally there are these words:

 

 

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now.

How?

By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.   Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

 

–Dale Carnegie

 

 

 

I welcome your thoughts and invite you to join in the discussion, by leaving a comment, on your interpretation of the proverb.

How relevant are the quotes to your modern life?

 

Sharing one’s perspective increases understanding.

 

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

I hope you will too.

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.

~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

–Duke Ellington

What do you make of the sayings for this week?

General Adams appears to be advocating against arguing with those who live to argue? Do you agree?

And then the barking dog in Saudi Arabia – a word on perseverance and avoiding distraction, perhaps?

Finally, Duke Ellington had some positive encouragement for us to problem solve our way through life.

How do you handle problems in your life?

Do you have an old habitual way of addressing them, or is every reaction of yours, individualized to the event?

Are you someone who seeks advice from others when you face a difficult challenge or alternatively, someone who prefers to process problems through venting to sympathetic friends or family?

Leave a comment to join in the discussion.

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Proverbial Friday – Global Wisdom

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

I hope you will too.

 

 

 

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

– Israeli Proverb

 

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In the chilly southern hemispheric temperatures with gardens lying dormant, the following quotes seemed apt:

 

 

 

Time isn’t something you can turn back.

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

– Veronica A. Shoffstall

 

 

Your problem is you’re too busy holding onto your unworthiness.

– Ram Dass, Philosopher

 

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves. 

– Bohemian Austrian Poet and Novelist, Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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What do you make of this week’s words? Do you have an opinion?

Are the questions more important than the answers?

Are you really holding on to your unworthiness?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

 

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~Amanda

 

 

 

Proverbial Friday – Global Wisdom

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

I hope you will too.

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We deem those men remarkable who think as we do.

Great men are not always wise

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What do you make of this week’s sayings? Do you agree?

How do we define a wise man?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

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