Blog Fridays: “Old Wives Tales”

Okay, first, where does ‘old wives tales’ come from? How come it’s old? Where are the old men? Is this expression based on aged women who were sitting around telling stories about their children and spouses? LOL. Too funny! So … “A picture is worth a thousand words.” “Practice what you preach.” “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Are these considered wisdom principles? Is there any truth to its meaning?

Matthew 25:35-40

I sort of agree with the practice preach and not biting the hand ones, but the other two, not so much. First off, what does the ‘picture worth a thousand words’ mean? According to Google search its an adage meaning a picture may convey an idea more quickly and effectively than the written word. I’m not sure about all that. Does this depiction to your right measure up? How sweet it is that there are kind people in the world not only thinking of others but putting those thought into action.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This partial truth is if a person hit you with sticks and/or stones that would, indeed, hurt. But here is where the untruth may lie ‘ … words will never hurt me.’ According to its meaning insults (words) won’t hurt. I disagree. Everyone has a pressure point. You can only take so many insults before you respond. Guaranteed! I’m not sure what they meant by it won’t NEVER hurt, but do know never is too strong of a dynamic. Words hurt! Period.

And thus a conclusion …. why did I blog about this today? Hmmm, great question. I was talking to a friend until almost 2 this morning and was sharing the importance of having a conversation! In the conversation always be honest with yourself FIRST then (pending the person(s) you’re speaking with) be honest with them. Always be wise in everything you do.

Let wisdom be the principle thing! See where you are then go from there. It will make a world of difference in the long run!

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