Have you got a favourite saying or ‘old adage’ that you learned somewhere along the line?

by Stuart Torrance, Men’s Health Project Officer, Australian Men’s Shed Association

Perhaps it was from a parent or grandparent or teacher — someone significant to you — and that’s why it’s memorable.

There are the really familiar ones like:

Never judge a book by its cover. Opposites attract. Many hands make light work.

I like this one:

Don’t assume, to assume makes an ass out of you and me.

I must admit, I assume all the time and people pull me up on it all the time.

We live by these sorts of sayings or pieces of ‘wisdom’. We’ve been brought up on them and I love them, and there are just so many!

Never attribute malice to that which can be explained by stupidity.

If the grass is greener on the other side, there’s probably more manure there.

With regards to the opposite sex, if you look hungry you’ll starve.

Trust me, I could go on for weeks or months!

We got talking about these sayings on The Shed Wireless this week — make sure you have a listen if you haven’t already. Just click on this easy link to get started: mensshed.org/theshedwireless

There are lots of warm fuzzy sayings but personally I like the ones that offer some positivity in the context of living well and living a healthy life. The ones that remind you of what’s important such as:

Strive to be the man you want your daughter to marry.

Learn to let go. (I tell myself this daily).

Happiness is a choice. Everything else is a matter of perspective.

I’ll leave you with that one, my favourite, before handing this discussion over to you blokes.

Leave a comment below and tell me, have you got some ‘wisdom to live by’ to share with other Shedders?

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