Mwa, blogging at Lost in Translation wrote a great post about the crap some people come out with. Her particular irk was the call "not to be like everyone else"; the criminal phrase she'd read being "whatever you do - do it differently".Being of eminent common sense, she immediately thought "What the hell does that mean?" I would suggest hanging out the washing in your birthday suit, or perhaps nipping to the bank juggling two meatballs and a ham sandwich, but that's just being silly.
It did make me think however, about the phrases and other crap that people come out with, and how we either don't question or simply don't have a clue what they mean.
Take some of these -
Oprah - it would appear she can only speak in inspirational quotes these days. I think my most fave has to be "Dont' waste another second of your life on a job that you hate. Free yourself". So there you go - all you people who complain about a boring/dead-end job. Just leave! Don't worry about the bills, I think Oprah has set up a charity to deal with that.
Mind you, this one comes a pretty close second -
"In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves "How am I of value? What is my worth?" Yes I believe that worthiness is our birthright".
Personally, I'm always asking myself how I'm of value and what my worth is. Aren't you? I think if she lived among the real people she'd find those questions to be more like "Why am I doing this" and "What is the point?'
"Worthiness is our birthright" - ????? For pete's sake woman.
But George Eliot (alias Victorian writer Mary Anne Evans) also dished up some ace stuff in her time-
It's like when people say "Live in the moment".
"What option do I have?" I always want to scream.
Oprah of course, has re-phrased this as another inspirational gem, -
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."
I think she's telling us that since we could be hit by a bus tomorrow, we should enjoy today. Bit of a bummer if you're up to your armpits in laundry or worse still, doing a job you HATE.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but I'll stop myself and ask if there are any other "utterly meaningless" sayings out there?