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Here’s a fun conversation I had with a friend.
Friend’s youngest child, a girl, is going to college this fall. Friend and husband didn’t go to college and their other children either didn’t go to college or lived at home while pursuing a degree.
Friend, who knows I went away to college and lived in the dorms [oh yes I did], was asking what advice would I give to her daughter.
Based on my experiences.
During the Dark Ages.
The question stumped me. I mean, it was soooo long ago, and while I admit that going away to college and living in the dorms helped define who I am today, my immediate answer was the somewhat less than articulate: I DUNNO.
Friend, of course, was taking none of that nonsense so together we got talking about time-honored clichés & proverbial wisdom. You know, the things we say to each other, meant to be inspiration or balm for the soul, as we listen to each other’s woes and joys.
Eventually we realized that our advice could be put into five categories. We might be phrasing things differently, but we were saying the same basic five ideas over and over again. They are as follows.
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BE WARY: take care • don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game • make no assumptions • ask yourself, where is the lie?
BE YOURSELF: follow your dreams • reach for the stars • well-behaved women rarely make history • define yourself
DO YOUR BEST: never give up • if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again • the same fire that consumes the straw, refines the gold • positive begets positive
PEOPLE SUCK: stupid is an iceberg • no matter what, someone will take it too seriously • never make as your priority someone who considers you optional • “no” is a complete sentence
OH WELL, WHATEVER: don’t let the seeds stop you from enjoying the watermelon • tomorrow is another day • build a bridge, get over it • plans change, often
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QUESTION OF THE DAY
What did we forget? What else should be here?
Do tell, in the comments below.
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