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10 Adages that I find to be *so* true

I love a good adage. Of course, for just about every adage, there's an equal and opposite counter-adage. It's Newton's third law of motion applied to conventional wisdom.

    1. "A stitch in time saves nine"

    I think I remember hearing this one in the third grade, when we were studying Colonial America in school. And there's a reason it's still relevant today! A little forethought and constant iteration go a long way.

    2. "This too shall pass"

    A reminder that nothing, even our darkest moments, lasts forever.

    3. "Be yourself"

    I wrestled with the idea of including this one, because I think it can be trite. Still, I agree with the sentiment behind it. It's important to trust ourselves and to have confidence in who we are without conforming entirely to our surroundings.

    Plus, "being" yourself implies knowing yourself. I think knowing ourselves is a lifelong, ever-twisting journey, but the more we experience and the more we pay attention, the more self-aware we become. This brings confidence and peace.

    4. "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with"

    Ok so this one isn't exactly an adage, but it ought to become one :)
    This reminds me that 1) my time is valuable and 2) my surroundings are so important

    5. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing

    Or something like that. A reminder to be humble!

    This one is from Socrates. Being half Greek, I'm predisposed to liking him. Nevertheless, the more I read about him, the more I recognize the importance of studying philosophy and the classics. So much has been said and thought through already, and we can draw on the lessons of the past to guide our actions and decisions today.

    6. "The truth is not always beautiful"

    Sometimes, we have to be open to things we don't want to hear.

    7. "Well done is better than well said"

    I think that our intentions are important, but I agree with the sentiment here: our actions matter more.

    8. "Don't put the cart before the horse"

    I've been guilty of this one on many occasions. That's why I try to remember to be patient as I wait to see how things unfold before acting on their outcomes. Life can surprise us.

    9. "A camel is a horse designed by a committee"

    I'll admit that I took this one from a friend, but I love it. Some situations call for decision-making and the direction of an experienced leader.

    10. "You can't have your cake and eat it too"

    There are times where we have to make choices, and choosing something means forsaking something else. I've always found this idea intimidating, since I don't like reducing the breadth of the opportunities available to me. Plus, I've feared making the "wrong" choice.

    But I've learned two things since going to college, where I had to specialize in a field of study: 1) when one door closes, another one opens; and 2) failing, or making a poor choice, is inevitable. What's key is to get back up and try something new, try again, or change the end goal.

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