|More Than Two Sides to a Story|
Waking up to live a life full of inspiration on a daily basis is sometimes challenging, especially if you have suffered from trauma or other mental and emotional issues in your life. Proverbs are a great way to wake up; they seem to come at a time in life when you need reflection, a change in direction, or an uplift in motivation. I sometimes use proverbs in my blog posts and my professional Facebook page.
A proverb means an expression of truth based on common sense or the practical experiences of humanity (Wikipedia). Proverbs, nonetheless, are single cause statements, and, although they may seem true in your life at some point, they are not accurate. Behavior, actions, and emotions are not from a single cause. There are a multitude of factors that cause someone to behave and feel a certain way. When we are feeling less than par, we look for signs to help us, to validate our suffering or hardship; we look for some sort of confirmation; as a result, we latch onto proverbs that suit us.
This post is not to make you turn away from proverbs; instead, it's to make you become aware and open-minded when you hear/read about various proverb. Proverbs are used as marketing tactics, as well; a way to build up guilt and doubt in your current actions so that you quickly buy something that will make you a better, stronger, or richer person. Wake up to live a life with awareness and then make choices from there.
In the end, you are never too old to learn something new, but you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks. Remember, there are always, at least, two sides to a story.