Do you ever catch yourself using one of those all too familiar expressions? Sometimes I can hear my Mum speaking through me. I am morphing into her. The other day I said to my 3 year old ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ and then laughed out loud. I love this expression. It has a nice nostalgic feeling and makes sense – we should always appreciate those who do things for us. We should never take those that feed us for granted.
Some of my favourite expressions:
A problem shared is a problem halved – bang on; bottling things up is dangerous.
No pain, no gain – this has helped to motivate me as I ran through ice cold hail showers.
If at first you don’t succeed – try and try again – who doesn’t love a trier? Passion and determination are some of the greatest qualities we can possess.
Treat others as you would treat yourself – being nice should never be underestimated.
Everything for a reason – I love a bit of optimism in a situation.
You reap what you sow – if we treat people badly we can never be truly happy.
What about –
Big boy’s don’t cry. Is this healthy? Does this mean boys are discouraged to show emotion? That is a lot of pressure!
What’s meant for you won’t go past you – in that case do we just sit back and wait? What if we miss opportunities?
If you want a job done well do it yourself – Control freak is what springs to mind and burnout from taking on too much.
A leopard can’t change its spots. How gloomy is that? Does this mean people can’t become nicer? Get fitter? Learn more? People and experiences change us all the time. Let’s embrace the fact that change can be good and it is possible.
Never trust a skinny chef – surely it is possible to be a foodie and a healthy weight? If not then I am doomed #keeponrunning.
We learn all the time on this amazing little earth. Not all ‘wise old words’ are wise. Sometimes we need to be open to new ideas. Sometimes the best advice I get is from my 3 year old. How funny is that? A fresh pair of eyes and a fresh voice. The other day she said ‘Mummy Jojo let’s arrange to see our friends. The kids can play and the Mum’s can have a coffee and a good old chat’. It was like she had read my mind. We needed to get out the house that day. We are forever learning no matter what age. Older is not always wiser. Let’s embrace all ages, all stages and be open to some great new words of wisdom. I will end this with an expression from my 3 year old – let’s cuddle: it feels nice.