Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wisdom Wednesday

I've been fortunate to learn a lot of valuable life lessons. In my opinion, there's book smart and then there's common sense - andthe two are not mutually exclusive. There's formal education and there's wisdom.; one you can get from a book, the other you have to experience, endure and survive to get. While fancy book learnin' has it's place, if pushed to choose, I'll pick wisdom every time. Some of the lessons are painful, some are shocking, some are amusing, but they are each a gift. I've decided to devote Wednesdays to little snippets I've picked up during my education in U of Life. This week I learned:

  • If, when involved in a discussion about the merits of Mane and Tail shampoo, you mistakenly call it Hoof and Mouth shampoo....#1. You can't try and cover it up like you never said it and #2. People will point, laugh and make horsey noises at you for the rest of the day. And a little bit the next day

  • Even if it's a job requirement, getting walked on too much makes even a sidewalk sad.

  • If someone gets up in front of the group and says that she will be brief in the interest of time, then leans on the podium and says "When I was a girl...", get comfy 'cause she's LYING! It will not be brief and she has no interest in how much of your time she steals.

  • If you ply the handyman with freshly baked cookies, he will be more cheerful about getting your earring out of the drain. Again. And won't give you the lecture about pulling up the sink stopper when putting on said earrings. Again.

  • If you're feeling down because you can't go home to Maine to celebrate your Grammie's 98th birthday, you can bring bagels in to work, and celebrate with your coworkers. Turns out they will (very realistically) pretend to be happy for Grammie just to get the bagels. It's not a sure fire solution, but it does make you feel a little better and hey, there's bagels.

  • If your old method works fine, sometimes it OK not to switch to a new one. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it.)


  • If everyone would just remember to stay to the right, there wouldn't be as many 'around the corner collisions' or doors in the face.
  • And if there are, a smile and heartfelt 'excuse me' goes a long way. Manners matter!
  • If your 'friend' lays out her new plan to systematically destroy her life as well as that of several others (collateral damage) and asks your opinion, she doesn't really want to know.
  • A real friend would really want to know.
  • When you are secure in the knowledge that you have literally HEARD IT ALL, you will overhear a conversation that contains the snippet, "You're in luck...I have this sebaceous cyst..."

What have YOU learned this week?

8 comments:

Cindy G said...

I've learned to faithfully check in at Molly Bee's. No, wait, I already knew that.

"Hoof and Mouth Shampoo" had me rolling.

I've learned that just because a cat has never chewed up books before doesn't mean he won't take it into his head to do it now.

Kitty Mommy said...

I am very exited about your grammie's birthday, even without bagels. Considering that I find getting out of bed in the morning to be an accomplishment some day, making 98 trips around the sun is phenomenal!

WV: berailit - using a bedazzler to lay train tracks?

kmkat said...

I was reminded that a responsible adult takes full responsibility for his/her actions, including mistakes. Yeah, I already knew that but the occasional reminder is a good thing, too.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I hope you called Grammie! I love saying "hoofnmouth", did you know that there is a digital shapefile of said cases in maine? I have a friend issue I'm trying to sort through. they suck.

YarnThrower said...

Either way you say the name of that shampoo, I still have no idea what you are talking about. I know "Dove," and that's about it. I suppose I could call it "Pigeon" if I was going to imitate you :-)

I learned this week that as soon as I'm taking one of my favorite suppers out of the oven to sit down to eat, a seven year old who then goes to the bathroom and shouts "Uh, Mom, I've got a little problem in here" doesn't mean that he's out of toilet paper or anything like that....let's just say that it involves the number two, and the words "didn't make it in time."

dale-harriet said...

I finally got around to reading my favorite blogs - and what I learned is, there are unending new reasons why I'm so fond of my friend mollybee. Regarding the problem friend? All's I can say is " ! ""

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I am in luck because I DON'T have a sebaceous cyst. At least, I don't think I have a sebaceious cyst.

Elizabeth said...

I hope the sebaceous cyst thing was one dermatologist talking to another about a patient. That's the only way it makes sense.