When you praise everyone, you don’t praise anyone at all.
This quote was posted in my 5th/6th grade classroom. After growing up with cooperative games and the philosophy of sharing and treating everyone equal, this was quite a shocker for me. I asked my teacher, Mr. Moran, to explain. He did, and now it’s something I truly believe in. I also believe it relates some people who overuse certain phrases. If you are going to tell me thank you and I haven’t even done anything for you, then I’m not going to believe you when you really thank me for a favor. The same goes for the overuse of the word sorry.
Good fences make good neighbors.
This comes from a Robert Frost poem. This was especially true when I was little and the cows would get out and wreak havoc on the neighbors’ lawns. My grandfather was in charge of “fencing” (making the fences) on the farm and he could (and probably still can) be heard saying this. I think at this phase of my life it would be more pertinent to say “sound proof doors and walls make good neighbors” as some new people have moved in next door and they are noisy. As a person who values my solitude and personal space, I can completely relate to this quote.
Omnibus Imoderatio (Everything in Moderation)
This Latin phrase is etched in wood and hangs above the door to my grandparents’ house. This is really something I live by, as I’m not an extreme person in any sense of the word. I’m not one to go on restrictive diets, but I don’t eat junk food all the time. I’m not about to run a triathlon, but I do exercise. I don’t stay out and party all night long every weeknight, but I do go out and have a good time with friends once and awhile. Call me boring, I call it balance.
Go now, or forever hold your pee.
When I was little, I was in a horse 4-H club. Make fun all you want, but it was one of the best experiences of my childhood and I learned so much, and not just about horses. Anyway, we used to go on long car rides with my club, and my leader would always say this right before getting into the car. As someone with a small bladder, I LIVE by this phrase. Anytime there is an opportunity to go pee, I take it, because I know I’ll regret it later if I don’t.
What phrases do you live by?