Those Pesky Challenges
“Wen trouble tek yu pickney shut fit yu!” Trouble – that is what the Jamaican saying I am discussing with you in Tuesday Thought© today covers. It is one of my favourites as it so succinctly describes your state of mind when a life challenge feels more than you can bear.
Every Tuesday, I share a Jamaica proverb with you – did you catch last week’s? Preparing Tuesday Thought© earlier, it struck me that there was way more to this proverb. It is not uncommon to hear two people talking in Jamaica – one sharing an experience or trouble that have come upon him or her and what the options to solving it. The listener hearing this story responds: “Wen trouble tek yu pickney shut fit yu!” In English what they are saying is: “When a problem is so overwhelming for an adult, a child’s shirt will fit him (0r her).”
What the heck does a child’s shirt have to do with dealing with a broken heart, not being able to pay this month’s rent, the car breaking down and you have no money to repair it? These are some of the many trouble that can come upon you without warning.
When Trouble Tek Yu…
Watch the video for my explanation and the aha moment that I had thinking about how to share this proverb with you:
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