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Words That May Make You “PONDER”

I really enjoy “words”. Words have meanings. For example, one of my favorite exchanges in the movie “Princess Bride”,  (If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself.) One of the characters, Vizzini, describes a variety of events as “inconceivable”.  To which The friendly giant, Fezzik, responds “I do not believe that word means what you think it means.”


And, I think the same might go for our (Yours and Mine) use of phrases as we “communicate” with each other. I’ll give you “phrases” that are meant to convey a message of wisdom. You then have to interpret the meaning YOU take away from the supposed message intended.  Right.  Let’s go:


  • Never play-leap frog with unicorns. (Jumping over an obstacle may seem to be faster than going around it; but only if you are guaranteed that unicorns don’t object. Being wrong can be painful.)  This is a Tibetan proverb.

  • Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference. (You might win the argument but at the risk of losing ground with some of the rest of the audience. Will it be worth it? Pick the place and time if you must confront.) This is from Mark Twain.

  • You are what you do, not what you say you will do. (Actions speak louder than words. Your behaviors are what people interpret when you don’t know they are “listening”.) This one comes from Carl Jung

  • 1% improvement every day is worth it. (Moving “forward” is better than standing still. “Wins” are achieved through “Team” efforts of a lot of people getting on base by “doing their jobs” and striving.) A sign on the wall in a Physical Therapy room.

  • Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. (Underperformers can be identified. Everybody knows who they might be, including you, the Supervisor.) Jean Paul Sartre


The italicized words “suggest” one interpretation of the phrase. You may have a totally different take. I’d love to hear it. You might even be able to say: “I do not think that means what you think it means.”




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