Proverbs For A Perfect Prompt

Show tell rememberUse proverbs to prompt your muse into action. Use as a starter for a list of proverbs from which to create your first few paragraphs or more.

“Every garden may have some weeds.” So says one internet list of proverbs relating to weeds.  I am waiting for Spring, so delight in any day that seems a little bit Springy. Yesterday afternoon was such a day and 001 Enormous weed proverbstempted me into the front yard to pull some enormous weeds 🙂  Well, not as enormous as the one that grew in my little back yard a few years ago.

Both Rosie and I watched it gain its majesty – just a simple weed – such determination, reaching for the stars. It did have a modicum of protection under the shade cloth but eventually its presence no longer pleased and was cut down in what was probably a most untimely way. Poor old weed! It sure was big, about 7 foot tall. Had it been a beanstalk, I might have waited a bit longer to see about some golden eggs, but no way did it look like a beanstalk. Mmmm, just thought I would share this wondrous happening with you all. Can’t keep all the good bits to myself, can I? What would you have done?

Today, alas, cold again. So back to the keyboard and the great tutors on YouTube. These people really are a gift to us newbies.

Whilst putting some of this site together, I was encouraged by one tutor to visit and paint the empty pages for this post with false text just to give the page some substance. I picked the Proverbial Phrases text.

Just how true are proverbs?

I had to laugh when the first sentence of this page informed me that – “A good man is hard to find.”  Oh! how true that is 🙂  However, I did find one lovely man, but he didn’t find me, so as it takes two ….  🙁

The second sentence on the page told me that – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And continued on with various other proverbs that I could fit into my life quite easily and follow for my own betterment. Creating a blog is a good ‘single step’ for this weekend and I am looking forward to making many more steps as the months go by. How nice to find a new fun challenge at this time in my life.

I am fond of the – bet-midlerOnly fools and horses work.” – Not wishing to be a fool, of course , and I’d rather play than work. And dislike intensely being told that – “You cannot have your cake and eat it too.” Why would you have a piece of cake and not eat it?  If you didn’t eat it, it would soon go stale, mouldy and be inedible and you would have lost the pleasure of eating the cake as well as having to throw it in the bin. Perhaps Quantum physics will sort it out and give us the chance to possess as well as enjoy. The feeling of having it all. 

My mother was very fond of saying to her 3 girls that if she wanted assistance she only wanted it if it was given willingly, otherwise the proverb –“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” – came into play. Many of us have followed those words through our lives and will probably have gained much by the doing of things ourselves and doing them well.

The word ‘never’ seems to be included in various proverbs and the most used that I have heard is the sayinever-grow-oldng – “never say never.” However, –“it is never too late,” – is often quoted without considering that the late times around midnight are definitely too late for me to write with any clarity or speed. And it is often too late to decide to read only to find myself holding a book in front of my eyes with my eyes closed. That is definitely too late. But hey! although not a proverb, if Einstein can say ‘never’ then I am sure that I can too.

books proverbsInterestingly – “The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.” – seemed to find a place in our house when I was younger. I am aware that my father (builder/craftsperson) was always fixing other people’s places and forgetting he had work to do in his own home.

Now here’s a proverb that I can agree with whole heartedly – “there is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.” Sweet music to an older person’s ear. In fact, I can inform without bragging or blushing that the tunes are often the most beautiful and the best that one could experience. Age does have many benefits, especially with loving friends. Bliss does not belong to only the young.

I can also vouch for the – “tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. How wonderful life can be. In the losing is the prize. Now, all I have to do isimpossible proverbs win.

And for a final comment on proverbs, I believe it to be true that – “the pen is mightier than the sword,” however, it would be useful if the human race could understand exactly what that means and put it into practice.

Speak and write with care, so write the authors of Words Can Change Your Brain. It is a complex example of ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’.  So we need to exercise our brains with our everyday problems and do it ourselves. Disallowing others do it for us. According to the authors,  we can look at using the right words in the right way to enhance our lives. To live the life of our dreams. Wrong words used, even the right words used in an inappropriate way, can be confusing or even misleading and may not create the outcome that we intend.

Words Can Change Your Brain – Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman.

How easy it is to dump a pagefull of pretend words and find oneself completing a thousand word blog. The proverbs were easy prompts and soon found my fingers tapping the keys. 

I am still waiting for Spring. The blossoms are now dying. The frost has been efficient in its harshness and I do not like the cold. It will be so nice to take off a few layers. To feel the warmth of the sun on my skin again.



  • Eric says:

    Very appropriate words from someone I knowe

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