The Trouble with Sayings

My Insight On Sayings

Sitting in an airport on my way back home to Nashville I had a bit of clarity. This is my story: I was thinking back on all the times that I had stuck my foot in my mouth, and more importantly on the times that other people have stuck their foot in their mouth, and never realized that they did it. This is even worse because you cannot correct what you do not know.

For example, when I was in high school we were on a training program that involved lifting weights, running, and practice in order to prepare for the upcoming football season. Well it just so happened that at that time, I could care less about those things until about two months into the program. So one day I got a fire lit under me and I was pumped. I mean I was ready to go in the weight room and get after it. This is where the problem lies; I walked in and was young and bustling with a lot of energy . I looked at the workout program and asked the question that I will never forget.

“How do you do a bent over row”

how to do a bent over row
how to do a bent over row

Why Don't Sayings Mean Something To Everybody?

My coach over heard this and turned about 10 different shades of red. He replied,“ We have been doing this for two months and you do not know how to do this (expletive) exercise.

The rest of the story slips me, but one saying popped into my mind that I understood but now had clarity on: “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be perceived as ignorant, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

Other people who have put their foot in their mouth.

The Trouble With Sayings

Famous sayings are great, but until you experience a situation, you may understand the saying, but you will never have clarity on it.

My challenge to anybody who throws out a saying is this, tell a story with it. Come from the heart of a teacher. Let the other person or people feel the same thing that you feel. For example if you say, “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” instead of giving a definition of what it means (if you have one of something guaranteed, then it is just as good as two of something that you may or may not be capable of receiving) tell them a story of the time that you won a $5 bet. You could have walked away a winner, but you wanted more. Your opponent said “double or nothing” and you lost your five dollars trying to get $10.

You may think that you have no story that backs up your saying. Then why in the world would you say it? Is it because somebody else said it to you and you heard it? Do you really believe it or does it just sound good?

Like most things, this article will not mean anything to you unless you have experienced a situation like the above, and the saying smacks you in the head giving you a new perception of the situation.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Sayings can make all of us insert foot into mouth , thanks for the story and clarity:)

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