Cliches, Life Advice and Other Sayings….

We all have heard them. We hear them probably daily, especially with the age of social media we live in. We see them on Facebook all the time.  I am even guilty of sharing some and saying some. What I am wondering is, do we JUST say the words, do we JUST share them, or do we live them? Do we even mean them when we share them?

I started thinking about this a lot the last few days.  It was been a few months since I lost my brother. Another hard and painful loss in a lifetime of them. I always tell people as many do that…

Life is too short! Hug the ones you love. Tell them all the time.  You never know when it will be the last time you see them!

We all say it when we experience a loss, we say it sometimes when we hear about another’s loss.  How many of us, really, truly do it? Think about your day yesterday. Was it stressful? Happy? Busy?  Did you hug your family? Did you say “I Love You”?  Why don’t we?  I know I am just as guilty. I try my best, I really do.  I sometimes reach out to others, trying to connect, trying to keep in contact, telling them I miss them and I am met with silence. I wonder why it is so hard for us to just say hello, to let someone know we are thinking of them? Because, like it or not, LIFE IS SHORT! You never know what tomorrow will bring!

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You can’t judge a book by its cover! True about both ACTUAL books and life! If you go just by the cover, or what we first see, then you miss out on the content! How many of us are guilty of doing this? How many of us judge someone by how they look or make judgements as soon as we meet someone? Open that cover, get to know what is inside! You might find a true treasure!

That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! For some reason this one has always bothered me.  I don’t find it necessarily true.  A lot of things can make you stronger-just the business of living will do that! But is it always true?  When we go through something traumatic, something difficult, does it always make us stronger?  I would like to think so.  Sometimes it feels quite the opposite though. I guess when we decide not to let something beat us, this becomes true.  I just don’t want people to think they are weak when it isn’t.

Better safe than sorry! True and not true! Sometimes I don’t do things or participate or move forward with something because I am afraid. I want to be safe. Physically, emotionally. Sometimes that works out just fine and it was the smart thing to do. Sometimes it ends up that I am more sorry for trying to be safe.  I think I may have missed out on a lot of things in life following this one!

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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Are you guilty of being jealous of other’s cars, houses, success, life? I TRY not to be. Sometimes, I think it is human nature.  I am very happy with what I have and very thankful! I tell myself every day, it is enough! It is. Besides, how do you know the people on the other side of the fence are happy, or maybe they are wanting what is on your side of the fence?

There are SO many cliches that this list could go on for a long time! There is a bit of life advice I have heard often and I wish we could all do…

Do what makes you happy!  Wouldn’t it be great if we all could do what makes us happy when it came to a career?!  How many of you can say that you are.  Sadly, I know too many that are unhappy with your job. I understand that it isn’t always possible to work in a career that does make us happy. If that is so, I truly hope on your off time you are doing what makes you happy! Because, as you know…

Laughter is the best medicine!

4 comments

  1. Great post, Joy. I think we all say some of these cliches from time to time and don’t really realize it but it is important to really say what you mean and be sincere.

  2. Great insightful post Joy. My grandfather passed away last month and we knew his time was coming to a close. I am so happy and grateful that I was able to take the time and send him a Father’s Day card in June that said how much he meant to me. You can never say I love you enough!

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