Last revised December 7, 2012
If what we say is a reflection of what we think, this collection of frequently used phrases (an on-going collection, since I can’t remember them all at once), should give you a general idea of what I believe, value, and observe. Check back once in a while to see if I’ve remembered or come up with any new ones.
“A broad-minded person is someone whose high mind was flattened by experience.” I can’t take credit for that, but I don’t remember who I heard it from. It’s a good one, though. Been there, done that.
“This, or something better, for all the highest good of all.” What I always affirm after I pray. It’s my way of letting God know that I figure He knows what’s best better than I do. See For the highest good of all for more about the “God loophole.”
“For a reason that escapes me entirely….” I like to believe that my behavior is not random and that I do, in fact, do things for a logical reason. This phrase allows me to hold onto that illusion.
“No one dies until she’s done all she has to do, learned everything she has to learn, and taught everything she has to teach.” I couldn’t figure out why my parents, as sick as they were, lived as long as they did until I realized that they had things to teach me that I hadn’t learned. Don’t think that very sick people don’t have a reason to be here. They do. See the Caring for Elderly Parents category to read more.
“In my [or your] copious spare time…” A facetious reminder that “spare time” is both relative and rare. IYCST is the acronym I use when I ask someone who I know doesn’t have any spare time to do just one more thing…..
“Pray to God and row to shore.” A reflection of my belief that God helps those who help themselves. Related to the row boat, motor boat, and helicopter story I tell to anyone who hasn’t heard it. (Let me know if you haven’t; I’d be happy to enlighten you.)
“… looked at me like I had beets growing out of my head.” (a) A reflection of my belief that beets are humorous root vegetables, and (b) an observation of how people look at me when I say strange things.
“There you go!” The meaning of this depends on the context in which i say it. Used either as an acknowledgment that that’s Just The Sort Of Thing That Would Happen (from Eeyore, my favorite friend in the 100 Acre Wood), or as a prelude to presenting something to someone.
“JTSOTTWH.” A helpful abbreviation for those who already know about my fondness for Eeyore.
“It all hangs together.” The punchline to the joke about the guy who wouldn’t quit drinking out of the spittoon. Ask me about this only if you have a strong stomach. It really does explain a lot about how the world works, though.
“Bless his/her heart…” This one is also dependent on context. “Bless his heart, he’s was just the sweetest thing,” means something very different than, “Bless her heart, she did the best she could.” We Southerners are all about context.
“That’s special.” Comparable to the Minnesotan, “That’s different.” I’m expected to say something, and that’s the nicest thing I can think of to say.
If you hear me say something frequently that I haven’t covered here, please let me know so I can either include it or quit saying it