Recently, my sister Kendra -- a k a Sister Full o' Wisdom, or Sister FOW for short -- gave me a piece of advice that might just be the eternal key to peace:
"Just because someone sets a bag of sh*t onto the table doesn't mean you have to pick it up."
People have all kinds of reasons, contexts and circumstances as to why they are carrying such bags in the first place. If you were carrying something that stinky around, you'd want to set it down too.
When the stars collide and the moon is full and the fates are getting drunk off the misery oozing from our pours, we occasionally feel a desperate need to throw that bag into someone else's face.
Collateral splatter is a bonus.
Walking away from the bag bomb is not one of my specialties. I am more prone to snapping on big rubber gloves and diving into it, picking up choice morsels to ... um ... return to the sender.
Sigh. OK, so the flinging poo metaphor draws close parallels to monkeys in the zoo. Perhaps this is why my sister needs to tell this kind of wisdom to me. She would prefer not to be related to the primate who makes small children scream and old people pass out from the offensive chaos.
What are some other words of wisdom that oft are repeated to you? Specifically, what phrases encourage you to lead a peaceful life, cope with the inevitable stresses of living it or just tolerate other people?