Stir Not Pots Which’s Contents You Know Not often do you intentionally get yourself into things about which you don’t know much? And how have they generally turned out? Do you seriously wish you would get yourself into things about which you didn’t know much more or less often? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to any of those questions. You are who you are, although if you seriously wished you would get yourself into more things about which you didn’t know much, you might want to plan on how you’ll make that happen as it won’t likely happen on its own.

As an incredibly curious person, I always want to try things about which I don’t know much. As a planner type and calculated risk taker, I avoided trying anything about which I didn’t know much until I learned much about it. Between the two, the curious side was much harder to control than the planning side, so after a few decades of getting into trouble in life, albeit never really big trouble, I sought a good mantra to remind myself to stay out of things about which I didn’t know much. Unsuccessful, I wrote this short and rhyming cautionary quote – Stir not pots which’s content you know not. To this day, I haven’t been able to find a quote on the matter that I liked better, so I still use it a lot. Given a few decades’ success with this quote, though, I don’t see any reason why I would switch, even if I did find something I liked better. I love it just for the linguistics alone, never mind anything else, though I may be biased by my occasional dreaming of me being Confucius going around wagging my index finger while touting this to the masses!


This post is one of 70 quotes I wrote, each with an accompanying essay, in my e-book and paperback Stars I Put in my Sky to Live By, on Amazon or Smashwords (choose your price including free!).

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