Top 5 Thought-Changing One-Liners
My inner circle has already heard this, but it is time to share it with you all. It is my way to make people scratch their heads. This post will be no deviant from my normal fare.
The only way for a one-liner to be thought-changing is to provoke thought. Most memorable one-liners are short and pithy. The thought-changing ones are poignant reminders of how to live our lives with passion.
How many times have you called a friend for advice? The very first thing a good friend does is repeats the situation back to you from their point of view.
You could have done that.
How many times was the answer staring you in the face? You cannot see it because of the sequoia bark on your forehead. You were banging your head on the tree planted squarely in front of the forest.
Take a step back, and look at the situation from different angle. Inevitably, the red herring will no longer just insult your nostrils, but it will wave a fin at you.
Do not give up. If one person does not know, ask someone else.
Think of knowledge and information as life blood. If you asked one person for a pint of blood, and he said no, would you stop there? No. You would ask someone else until you got it.
Then, be responsible. Go back to the person (people) who did not know and share! You already know that his life blood level is a least a pint low.
Universal communicators are still science fiction. Whether asking or answering, unless you are saying exactly, precisely what you mean, the person listening will not understand. When you leave out portions, your listener fills the missing bits with whatever notion is handy…even if it doesn’t quite fit.
For an example as to how this works, write down the instructions for how to make a peanut butter (no jelly) sandwich. Take it to the most smart Aleck person you know (or someone you are sure will do it right), and ask them to follow the directions exactly as they are written. I doubt you would eat it.
Those who lie down before the door are treated as doormats.
Stand up. If you cannot win the battle alone, recruit. There is strength in numbers.
Don’t be afraid to get better armor, either. Proactive self-protection is not necessarily paranoia.
5. I did that.
Good, bad or indifferent: Take responsibility for your own actions. Yes, even the ones you wish you had not done in the first place.
People respect the fact that you are human, but only when you are willing to admit it.
Which one-liner has most changed your way of thinking?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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