Week 23 – Eight Phrases Worth Living

Eat your frog first. – That ugly thing you have to do today? Just do it. Bite the bullet. Yes, I’m defining one catch-phrase with other catch phrases. Good ol’ M-Tizzee hit the nail on the head with this one:

“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain

Fill your cup. – Literally and figuratively. Have some coffee. Or a cocktail. But just take time to make sure your tank is full. Rest, relax. Exercise. Read. Create. Fill you up so you can be there for those who need you.

Walk the walk. – If you’re saying it, be doing it. Don’t tell me to do something and then do the opposite. These are tough words to live by. I’m as guilty of not following through as the next guy, but I realize It makes no sense for me to tell my kids to keep their cool with each other if I’m not keeping my cool with them. It makes no sense for me to tell them to pick up if I don’t pick up. It makes no sense for me to tell them to read, if I’m not reading. . . . Right? Let’s make a deal to lead by example.

Make hay while the sun shines. – Get it done while the circumstances are favorable. Seize the opportunity. The kids are all quiet? Get that paperwork done. No clouds in sight? Wash the car. Nothing planned for the weekend? Cross something off the honey-do list. It’s going to rain all day? Throw in the productivity towel, bake some cookies, and set up a board game tournament.

If the shoe fits, wear it. – Admit it when you’re wrong. Take responsibility. Be honest about your mistakes, and own up to it.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. – What you’ve got right now is worth more than gambling on something bigger or better that you may or may not get in the future. It’s here. It’s now. And it’s yours. Be grateful for it.

Know your onions. – Or your cheese, or your current events, or your useless trivia. Just take time to know something and know it well. It’ll make you more interesting. And just a request – if you’re going to talk about it like you know it, please – actually know it.

Shut your cake-hole. – Stop being a whiner, or a gossip, or a complainer. Instead, choose to be quiet. Be a listener, or a thinker, or a fire-putter-outer. Be a friend, zip it, and practice gratitude.


Photo credit: frog-eating pic found here.


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