The Canvas Grey

Inspiration, Perspective, Insight


Posted by TheCanvasGrey on August 11, 2007

 I’m absolutely positive that my parents told me all the things I’m about to write.  However, it was more or less just the cliché and I was supposed to figure that out and accept it as truth.  You know, the lectures where we’d just sit there and, “Listen to what I’m telling you,” and know that “I’ve been there and done that” type of thing.  Telling someone and showing them are two completely different things.  It has to be relative and relatable as well as the recipient being able to understand it at their level. 

So now I’m thinking about how to tell my kids the same things about life’s clichés.  I’m trying to be different, relative, understandable AND compete with electronic excess and access and all the glitz the media can muster (**audible gag**). 

I really want my kids to think about things; these clichés and why they’ve been around so long.  Or maybe for them to know I’VE thought about these things; done these things; tested these OLD clichés without really telling them HOW I tested them!

So here is my stab at explaining, relating and generally teaching my kids about life’s clichés.  Oh yes, I realize it may go in one ear and out the other!!!!!

Look before you leap! 

Seems so simple, look around then jump…HOLD IT!  Who says you have to leap?  Whenever you feel like there is no way off the ledge or you are cornered don’t forget to look in other directions.  Up is always an option!

What comes around goes around! 

Some people call this karma or the ying and yang effect.  You may not ever see it because it may not come back around in the same fashion.  But it is simple to understand that good begets good and bad perpetuates bad. 

Follow your heart! 

I have to add…AFTER a good talk with your head!

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

No matter which side you choose there are nice green spots and bare spots so make the choice knowing as much about the bare spots as the green spots before choosing your side.  No matter which side of the fence you choose, enjoy the green and seed the bare spots because if you cry into the bare spots too much it becomes mud!

Actions speak louder than words. 

Make sure people back up talk with action otherwise they are just yakking.  If you ever wonder about someone; this is the test to give – what are their actions telling you?

A wise man builds his house upon a rock.   

No matter what you do it is best to build a good foundation if it is something that you want to last over time.  Building something that lasts takes time and effort and the rewards aren’t usually immediate.  But when the reward comes it lasts and lasts giving pleasure to you and others for a very long time.  Invest in yourself daily by learning, nurturing your spirit and being physically active (mind, spirit and body).  This lays the foundation of a long, healthy, happy life.  Making a quick buck, getting high, stealing and other “quick fixes” may bring immediate pleasures but they last for very short periods of time and require more and more effort to attain which can ruin the rest of your life.  Don’t do the crime because you don’t’ want to do the time.

There is nothing to fear except fear itself.

If it is something you feel strongly about doing, do it.  Never let fear, especially someone else’s, get in the way.  If it is proven dangerous, it is dangerous.  If it is the unknown then it is just the unknown.  Fearless not foolhardy! 

Stand up for something or you’ll fall for anything.

Know who you are and what you believe to be the truth.  Everyone has their perspective so be open minded enough to see it from their angle but wise enough to stand up for yourself.  Always state your perspective firmly, loud enough for all to hear and understand in your most persuasive voice. 

And now, at the end of my lecture I would like to say one more thing.  I sound just like MY parents.  Oh well, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck


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