Revisting Cliches

From a great post about cliches

It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Stop and smell the roses.

Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.

All in good time.

All talk and no action.

That’s soo cliché. 


 [klee-shey, kli-]  noun

  1. a trite, stereotyped expressiona sentence or  phrase, usually expressing a popular or   commonthought or idea, that has lost originality,   ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
  2. (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color,musical  expression, etc.
  3. anything that has become trite or commonplace  through overuse.

…That doesn’t make it untrue, right?


Generative Thinking

I get so annoyed by the over-simplification, and mis-use, (blamed on the training of how to use our brains), of information.  Humanity is an emotionally responsive creature, regardless of how pragmatic some think they are. This need to think of ourselves in a way, rather than being that way, creates an environment where clichés are brushed aside. The overuse of something doesn’t make it untrue, it just makes it something most people refuse to look at. This is what I’ve come to think about it, anyway.

slide_26My (attempted) personal growth, has delved into the idea of overriding this emotional responsiveness, especially the responsiveness part, of the brain, in the attempt to create a template that is ready for facing challenges, and creating lifestyles, that are truly worthy of us. Also, that action really can’t be substituted by research. This latter point has become the generative system I’m trying to break.


The Truth Hurts

I’ve been re-visiting cliches, as their overuse says something, to me, about their wisdom. Maybe instead of getting annoyed about hearing something over and over, we should embrace the teachings in it, learn what we might learn from it, and move on. The truth hurts is another cliché that might benefit us. Typically, the reason something annoys us, is because of the inherent truth in it that we don’t like. Isn’t it the greatest fault in our brains that we respond to truth with negativity? It’s so curious as to give me a headache. Similar to the idea of learning to say I don’t know, is learning the value in seeing our faults, where they stem from, and whether it would be beneficial or not to change that thing.


Shouldn’t it be exciting to hear about the things we’re doing wrong, so we can fix them, continuing our lives on a better path, or in a more efficient way, or any other number of hugely beneficial changes? Wrong isn’t what I mean, at least not 100% of the time. Being shown how to do something more efficiently, or less wastefully, or any other   -ly in that line of thinking is surely beneficially to everyone.

Set back on my heels about the faults in my own thought patterns, and habits, has been a roller-coaster on multiple levels. Bitterness of wasted time, anger towards all those tasked at teaching me, contempt for those not changing with me, or even acknowledging the need for personal growth, frustration…   yet, overall there is hope, and calm, conceding that finding this idea at all, and continuing forward, even with baby steps, is still worthwhile, especially in realizing this outwardly directed blame is counter-productive to the entire endeavor.


There are those who inherently have that thing. The thing that gives natural sight to the fault in the system, and the natural aptitude to forge a unique path. Many see the faults, but few understand how to circumvent, rather than wallow. I’ve been a wallower, circumvention in my sight, yet mis-understanding how to use the bridge just beside me. As if I wasn’t born with staying power, I’ve had to teach it to myself, only recently realizing I lacked it.

I translate this to perseverance. Distraction is key in my universe; key at causing ADD-distractedforgetfulness of the task at hand.  Keeping at something, eventually the problem’s answer will emerge, or blow-up so it’s annihilated from thought. The latter is definitely better than the distraction, as it helps form simplicity, from which actual decisions can be made. As much as I strive towards simplicity, the squirrels are still capable of turning my attention.

In My Nature

This has been a winding road, from the beginning of this post, to why I actually sat down to write it. I’m an introvert by nature, yet I’ve attempted tasks that take me away from this. It’s great to grow as an individual, which is what I continue to tell myself, but my newest realization is that this innate desire to simply be home, is sabotaging everything I do.

When I’m out, or scheduled to be in a social setting (I started a party based business this past year), all I can think about is it being over so I can dart out of there. This has to be translating through everything I do! Self-sabotage at the most basic level.

I refuse to accept the it’s in my nature bit. My nature really isn’t any more than years of habits my lifestyle has given me. Continue to do things differently, and these habits will change. But they haven’t, probably due to all the squirrels. As I write this, I realize maybe the problem is that I don’t really want these things to change about me. Why is it we’re so proud of our faults? So proud of the individuality which is actually a cliché on a cliché?

All Talk and No Action

Have I made a point? In my mind, the point is to stop ignoring things because they’re bullshitsupposed to be, and take a finer look inward, but be careful not to get stuck looking. It’s useless to know without implementing this knowledge. Action trumps Talk. Action creates Potential. Potential changes Reality.

Now, to figure out how to implement….

Wait! I know…. Just do it!

3 thoughts on “Revisting Cliches

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  1. Interesting topic. I believe that cliches are born from humans linguistic drive toward metaphor. Something stands for something else.

    I believe that metaphor becomes cliche when a phrase allows for undeveloped thinking. It is what it is.

    Your post triggered an association to tourist destinations. A locale becomes a visitor’s destination because it contains value. It becomes the geographic equivalent of a cliche when visitors–or natives–overlook the value of the rest of the environment. Similarly, some pithy phrase becomes a cliche when it substitutes for clear thinking, well expressed.

    Edwin Newman’s 1974 essay, “Strictly Speaking: Will America Be the Death of English?” is incisive, sweet, frequently funny and occasionally hilarious. Go thou and read it. (Newman’s publisher packaged it with, “A Civil Tongue”. You can get a used copy for $0.01 here:

    You’ll be glad you did.


    1. Thanks for commenting! I love your reference to “undeveloped thinking,” as I completely agree. Is it the English languages aptitude for deceit, or simply our use of it thats kicked off this spiraling into diluted thinking? I’m not familiar enough with other languages to really make a case for this…

      I’m off to check out Newman’s essay. Sounds like something I will appreciate! Thanks for the recommendation, and for visiting!


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