Short Sentence, Long Experience
Every nation has its proverbs, sayings and folklore that generation after generation pass on to the young ones. Regardless of the language you might speak, there are proverbs that transcend nationalities and are shared by different nations – in their own tongue.
A proverb is a short, pithy statement of a general truth, one that condenses common experience into memorable form. Or, as defined by Miguel de Cervantes, ‘a short sentence based on long experience.’
As a Jamaica by birth, there are many such proverbs that grandparents mainly will use with the young ones, especially when they are being troublesome. Then there are the ones that you hear when the going gets tough. These are more motivational in nature, a local and folksy way of telling you to “take heart.” In my country of birth, one folklorist, the late Louise Bennett-Coverly, who was a pioneer in this area. While she is nowhere as popular as another of my compatriot, Bob Marley, she did as much as he did to promote the Jamaican culture and patois internationally. According to one source, “she was instrumental in having this “dialect” of the people given literary recognition in its own right.” Read more about her here.
Every Tuesday, I share what I call a Jamaican proverb or saying with you. This is my culture and so the best way for me to communicate an age-old wisdom. Mondays through Friday, Weekday Wisdom© is emailed to you and while that is a bit of motivation to support you through your working day, Tuesday Thought© is meant to invite you into another culture, take a glimpse at how other nation’s think and see what, if any, similarities with your own. More than that, these Tuesday Thoughts, shared and explained in a video is another way for all of us to understand deeper the events of life and how we might best grow through the more challenging ones.
Last week, I shared with you a proverb about how to be responsive to opportunities or your affairs before they go sore or rot. Some of you misinterpreted or maybe did not understand my Jamaican accent and thought it was more concerned with real cooking of raw meat. And that is the point of the exercise – to think deeper, go beyond the obvious. That is what proverbs and folklore invite us to do.
Today’s Tuesday Thought© is this:
“Poun ah fret cyaan pay ownse a dett.” Translation: “One pound of fretting cannot pay one ounce of debt.”
We all have been there and done that – try to clear our debts or problems by fretting about them. Watch the video and see why this is an absolute waste of time:
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