We’ve all heard them, those euphemisms with subtexts that tell a completely different story. I asked my Facebook friends to share their faves. Here are a few:
Too often we judge on incorrect assumptions. That which may appear as a weakness can reveal a hidden strength.
Limitations others place on you are merely their perceptions, not your reality. They are often totally wrong.
When others don’t appreciate you, use their indifference as fuel to ignite your self-belief.
Scott’s Maxim: If you want to know who your real friends are, see what they do for you when there is nothing you are able to do for them.
Sometimes grownups get confused about priorities. They may have never learned the lessons about sharing with others, how selfishness is bad and helping people learn and grow is good. Just because someone is a “boss”, or famous, or “successful,” or rich, or someone a lot of people may admire doesn’t necessarily make them wise or smart.
For all us people pleasers out there. Even with good intentions, every action is a double-edged sword. Want to make an enemy? Make a decision.
Legacy exists in the lives we touch. Our influence can ripple across generations long after our names may be forgotten.
“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”
We travel through life’s journey with two families: Those we get via the flip of the biological coin and The Family We Choose.