What little bits of knowledge do you have tucked away, dear reader?
Much like every other week, this week I’ve been inspired by my wonderful blog friends. A little while ago Debby was presented with a ‘One Lovely Blog Award‘. Because Debby is an incredibly kind and generous person, as part of receiving her award she shared ten blogs that she likes to read (lucky for me, my little blog home was selected – thanks Debby!). The only thing she asked in return was that each blogger shares a simple piece of wisdom … a little pearl.
I thought for quite a while about what advice I could possibly share with you all, and in the end I narrowed it down to three rules of thumb that I do my best to follow (one serious, and two not so much).
My three pearls of wisdom:
- Don’t be afraid to be good: This advice came to me from my high school sport teacher, which is quite strange in itself. She was teaching the class tennis that day and didn’t realise that I actually played outside school, at competition level. Because I was having a bit of an ‘off’ day on the court, she thought I was deliberately down-playing my abilities (I really wasn’t). The strangeness of the whole situation is probably the main reason why I remember her pulling me aside and saying, ‘don’t be afraid to be good Tracey‘. I’ve found myself reflecting on these words more often lately.
- Be wary of men who wear short-sleeve business shirts: Funnily enough the origins of this advice begin with high school too. I had a really awful accounting teacher with particularly horrendous taste in clothing. One thing I always remember about him is that he wore short-sleeve business shirts with clip-on ties (yuck!). Since then I’ve encountered other men who make their own fashion statement by wearing short-sleeve business attire, and I’ve found it to be an interesting (and proven) indicator of their character.
- Don’t trust people without sideburns: Here I’m not just referring to massive mutton-chop sideburns, instead my experiences suggest that anyone (men or women) with a hairstyle that sits a little too unpleasantly high above their ears, may not be completely trustworthy. Similar to the short-sleeve business shirt situation, I’ve found a lack of sideburns to be a good personality ‘litmus test’.
I’m sure there are a few more little bits of wisdom floating about in my head, but I hope this will do for now. Maybe you can test these ‘pearls’ out for yourself and see if they work for you too? … Or perhaps you have some of your own ‘rules of thumb’ that you’d like to share?