Anyone who uses Facebook will come across sayings that friends have posted or shared.
These short phrases or proverbs, wise words or aphorisms might make you pause and think about their meaning or might make you think what a waste of time and why do people bother sharing them.
Probably most of us grew up with our parents own favourites ringing in our ears, such as:-
'You've made your bed, now lie in it'
'Pull your socks up'
'The other man's grass is always greener'
'It takes two to tango'
'There are two sides to every story'
'Don't spoil the ship for a ha'penny worth of tar'
'familiarity breeds contempt'
'A fence between keeps friendships green'
These are just a few and I'm sure you can add many to the list.
Oscar Wilde wrote so many aphorisms that there are whole books dedicated to them.
What these phrases tend to do is to reassure, encourage, and communicate whole concepts with just a few words.
The one on Facebook can range from Buddha to Che Guevara to Winnie-the Pooh.
You have to be careful how you interpret them though. Today I read one that said
'Sometimes it 's more harmful to hold on than to let go'.
There was a picture of a hand covered in blood holding on to a rope. It sounded ok to begin with but then I thought what if that rope was saving your life, better to have a wounded hand and hold on a bit longer. So if you are talking about a bad relationship maybe it's a case of bad communication and if you hold on a bit more you can sort it out.
The other day another ready made phase popped up saying
'Friends are the family you choose',
This sounds quite different from what we used to hear about blood being thicker than water.
So advice and wisdom might seem to be changing but one thing is certain, our search for comfort, reassurance and encouragement is as strong today as it ever was.
My favourite from facebook right now,
Remember everyone you meet today will be fighting a battle that you know nothing about. Be kind, always.
|Hearts, teddies and flowers can go a long way to healing wounds|