There's an old expression that "youth is wasted on the young." I heard it all my life and never quite got it. I just thought those who said it --who were always older than I was-- were just annoyed that they were older than whoever it was they were thinking of when they made the comment. Now I know better. That expression has nothing to do with being annoyed at someone younger than you are, it's all about having learned that we don't really really know what life is all about until we've lived awhile. In other words, "if we knew then what we know now" we might have done some things a little differently, made some different decisions, chose a different path, told somebody to "eff off" and then walked away and meant it.
Another adage that I've lived enough to learn that it's true is "you teach people how to treat you." I love this one because it's dead on...and just common sense. People will only repeatedly do to you what you let them get away with.
I love these kinds of maxims. They just sort of sum up what you need to know in a simple and clear way.
A few weeks ago, a reader of this blog --Robbie-- said a favorite saying of hers is "don't do anything to get a man that you're not willing to do to keep him." Excellent advice. And I think it extends beyond a man. It's true for any relationship, including at work. Read more…