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.
“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?
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?
Proverbial Friday – Something serious to Ponder About