Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Lessons in life

Your narrative has to have a point, a reason for telling the story. Call it a moral, a theme, or a lesson. You have all heard these all of your life. Maybe they were considered cliche's or adages, but they are still good advice today. Give us your best lesson in a phrase or sentence. Explain it. Yes, this only requires a small amount of writing. Jump on it 7th period!

ex. Pretty is as pretty does.

This was something my mom would tell me when I was jealous or angry about some mean girl getting all of the boys. Mom explained that actions make someone beautiful. I did not agree at the time, but eventually people mature and mom was right.

24 comments:

maryrobm1 said...

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

To me, this means don't expect things to happen perfectly. If you do this, you won't be let down or dissappointed when things don't go the way you expected.

Leigh W. 1 said...

"I wish I had been born rich instead of so good looking"

My entire family has said this before I was even born. My mom's side said it because there were 8 people in rural Alabama when everything was scarce. It has been a family motto since.

Jason R. 1 said...

He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.

I believe this quote has a huge significance in my life. If you spend all your life caring only about yourself, you will be left with nothing. There is always time for helping others in life.

JayF3 said...

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

chuckw7 said...

My dad always says that was "hard as a rock". He often says this to me when i was younger and would fall on my pavement driveway. It was not funny at the time cause it hurts to hit that with the weight of your body buy not its kind of funny to think about all the times he probably said it to me. He could use the phrase in many ways. Its funny how some cliche's work.

MatthewM1 said...

sometimes life gets tough but it always seems to work out for the best in the end.

JohnMM1 said...

Cut Away From Yourself--


I was cutting off a tennis raquet grip with a pair of scissors. I could not get a good grip on the raquet so I stuck my fingers through the strings. I cut the grip off, the scissors slipped and cut off the top of my finger that was sticking through the strings. It took 3 weeks in the summer to heal enough where i could drive or do anything...it stunk.

MattO3 said...

What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. I don't particularly use this phrase a lot, but I think it can have some serious application. Everybody in their lives will go through hard times. It is these hard times that shapes and builds one's character. So in a sense, if it doesn't kill us, it makes us stronger in our beliefs and character.

JodiS24 said...

My parents always used to say, "If you don't A-S-K, you won't G-E-T."
This little phrase, now that I think about it, was a very unique tool my parents used to teach me a lesson, as well as a spelling lesson. When I was little, I was shy around people, especially waiters or store clerks. I never wanted to ask for help because I was too afraid of confronting some person I did not know. My mom and dad would always tell me this saying. If I didn't ask for it, I wasn't going to get it. Not only does the phrase apply in a restaurant or a store, but it also applies to some pretty important things in my life now. If I want something to get done, I have to make it happen.

HunterP3 said...

Don't sweat the small stuff.

-Don't let yourself get worked up on stuff life, maybe you missed a homework, you're 5 minutes late for something, or maybe your grass is an inch too long. Life is so much more enjoyable, when you're not so stressed out.

jessanneh3 said...

WOW!!!! many many many lessons that I have learned. My mother has always told me to just keep my mouth shut. I really wish I had listened to her throughout many instances. Also, "What goes around comes around." My life lessons all been taught to me through my own experiences. Unfortunately most people dont learn somethin just by being told...most learn from their mistakes!

Michaelc3 said...

If at first you dont succede, your doing it wrong.

Michaelc3 said...

I always kind of thought that this variation of the phrase "if at first you dont succede, try try again" made more sense, and was more pratical than the original.

MaryaliceL1 said...

"If you smile, you'll become happy"

My mom has always told me that you are the only one that can make your own happiness. Others actions can have a negative effect on you but you are the one that control your mood. If you keep a smile on your face, you will eventually become truly happy!.

AshleyB5 said...

What comes around goes around.

My mom always told me this, but I never really believed it until this has happened to me. No matter what you do it will come back at you good or bad. Life can bite you in the butt.

GenaC3 said...

"Perception is reality."

Sometimes when I have a bad attitude towards my parents, they get offended and hurt. The reason I have an attitute towards them is usually because I have had a bad day, but to them, it looks like I do not care about how they feel. This has taught me to be concious of the way I treat people, and to try not take my frustration out on innocent people.

Mrs. P.C said...

I think my favorite, from my dad, that is, would have to be "Poo happens, clean it up and move on". That statement says volumes!

RebeccaO7 said...

Treat others how you would like to be treated.

This is one that many people have grown up hearing. I have a younger brother so when I got mad at him and frustrated my mom would always remind me to treat him how I would like to be treated. I always rolled my eyes at this statment that she always told me until I got older and thought about it. If I do not want my brother to bite me, I probably should not bite him. It is that way with friends and teammates these days. I have to remind myself when I get frustrated with my teammates for having a bad game, I would not want them to be upset with me for having a bad game. I always heard it growing up and still hear it to this day, and it is something I will pass on to my children as well.

hali7 said...

You get what you put in to it

My dad always tells me this whenever he wants me to understand why i may have lost or done bad on something. He explained to me that when you put that extra time into something that you want to excel at you will become better. That extra time could be the difference between getting and A or B on a test. It could also mean giving your best effort during a sporting event. If you do that then after the game is over you are always a winner.

By the way Mrs. Caldwell think you are funny saying that 7th period doesn't like to write alot. I bet if we really wrote what we were thinking our class could write longer and better than any other class you have.

wesn7 said...

cut away from yourself

During the game last week I became really dehydrated and felt like I could not go on anymore. Though I felt this bad, I sucked it up and pushed through, some how and finished the game. Sometimes life gets hard but you just have to work through it.

drewt7 said...

"The hardest work to do is when no one is watching."
This means a lot to me in that it taught me the meaning of hard work. My parents would tell me this all the time when I didn't want to do something.
Mrs. Caldwell, I find it very interesting that you choose to call out 7th period in our use of your blogging system, yet we are the only class that has an active discussion on your wikispace. True we did set the record for least amount turned in for the first week, but that is only because we were excited about your being pregnant!

MaryCatherineS1 said...

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."

Life is an assortemnt of problems and solutions. You never know what problem you will get but there will always be a solution, good or bad.

RitaCecilW3 said...

"The cream always rises to the top"

My grandmother has always said this little motto to our whole family since I can remember. What it means is that the ones in life, who are really the best, will succeed. It doesn't say the ones that seem like they are the "best" will succeed, it is the ones who truly work and have a passion for something will succeed. I think that this can easily apply to work, friends, school, pretty much life in general.

adamso7 said...

If it happened, it was meant to happen.

This reminds me not to live in the past. If a person lives in the past it can cause problems. The past is meant to remember and that is all. If we live in the past we will miss our present and ultimately our future.