Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Guiding Lessons of Life

All of us have had teachers in life that have been memorable for one reason or another.  When I was in 11th grade, we had a study hall teacher whom we called “Mrs. Proverbs” because she would walk down the rows of chairs to ensure we were studying, and if we weren’t she’d say, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, or “busy hands are happy hands”, or “a penny saved is a penny earned.”  It’s funny how certain people have impact on us.  I have spoken of “Mrs. Proverbs” many times as illustrations to my patients or audiences where I have taught.  I sometimes think it would be nice to see her again and thank her for some of the things I remember from High School.  My Dad used to also repeat certain sayings like, “don’t count your chickens before they are hatched” and “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  There must not have been much poultry around when he grew up! C. S. Lewis so aptly put it, “no clever arrangement of bad eggs will make a good omelet.”  My mother used to say, “laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.”  She also had specific Midwest sayings she would regularly use like, “goodnight night nurse!” when she was upset with someone. I assume that most professions have a few “wise sayings” of their own, such as these dental word pictures, “be true to your teeth and they will be true to you”, or “only floss the teeth you want to keep.”  Saying like these are associated with specific incidences and times in our lives.  I’m sure that more than one of us was helped in a time of need through remembering wisdom spoken by a respected person.

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