Remember when “dude” was a popular expression that took on different meanings depending on how you said it?
Well, in Texas, the saying, “I’ll tell you what”, declares pride, authority, or a matter of fact. It replaces “once upon a time” as you take a trip down memory lane. It can be used at the beginning or the end of a thought, and it even stands on its own…think Hank Hill. It provokes childhood memories and thoughts of relatives that makes my heart smile.
And as I’m writing, I realize it’s a phrase you grow into. You’ve gotta have some wisdom under your belt to back it up. So, in my middle age, I’ll tell you what:
- Hope deferred makes the heart sick.
- Joy does not equal happiness.
- Laughter is great medicine.
- You can’t use the saying “pick your battles” to avoid battle.
- Superiority is rooted in inferiority.
- Your strengths lie within your weaknesses.
- If at all possible, you should say yes when a friend wants to spend time with you.
- You don’t have to like everyone.
- Love isn’t always warm and fuzzy.
- Drama is in the eye of the beholder. I can’t stand the word “drama”.
- Comfort isn’t everything.
- You gotta play in order to be in the game.
- You don’t have to wish time away; its already passing.
- Beauty fades.
- Wanting to be understood is not the same as wanting people to like you.
- Feelings are meant to be expressed.
- It’s never too late.
Until next time, I’ll tell you what. 😉