These 29 quotes of mine, including the title, are the ones for which I chose not to write an accompanying essay for a symbolic reason I will keep to myself, but which I still wanted to share:
How many idioms or proverbs can you recite about being careful to say certain things, or not saying anything at all? For example, if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all, or any of 21 examples just from the Biblical book of Proverbs.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever convinced yourself of? What’s the worst thing you’ve ever justified to yourself? What are the best and worst stories you’ve told people? How do they all compare?
Among English idioms I’m most fond of is laughter is the best medicine. Whether most people have thought much about it, I don’t think many would disagree. If you didn’t, what would you say is the best medicine? For the rest of you who do agree, have you ever thought what the second best medicine might be? Laughter can be quite hard to get, at times, sadly.
What’s the best thing you can give someone? Love? Time? Kindness? There’s no answer to that question that is 100% correct, but I’m going to make a case for a chance because it could represent all those other things, while allowing someone to form part of their identity to someone else.
Growing up, the thing I wanted the most often was a chance to do something, for which I was often denied. Sometimes this was for good reasons like lack of family finances. Other times, it was not, like discrimination on my ethnicity or small stature. However, I was fortunate to have been given the chance to do a lot of things, many of which I didn’t ask for, but for which I am most grateful. That’s why when I saw a quote in my early 20s stating the best thing you can give someone is a chance, unsourced, I embraced it as a life philosophy. It generally worked well, except one question irked me. What if nobody gave me a chance to do what I wanted, whether nobody present to do so, or nobody because someone denied me the chance?