Three little pearls of wisdom

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?


  1. Teresa

    One should definitely be wary of men with short-sleeve business shirts and ties!
    I am a little thankful the proposed business shorts trend hasn’t been picked up (yet)! Just imagine a business short shirt and pants combination… but it’s probably best if you don’t!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – Haha, glad I’m not the only one who worries about those who wear short-sleeve business shirts and ties … I think I’m traumatised by my school years! 😉

      I can’t even imagine what life in the office would be like with business shorts becoming an accepted part of men’s office fashion … yes, that’s one of those things best not thought of! 😉

  2. jan

    I’ve always gone out of my way to avoid balding men with pony tails. The reason seems obvious.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Oh yes, balding men with pony tails are a class all of their own! 😉
      I’m with you on that one too.

  3. louise

    Fine advice indeed. Very fine. Made me giggle too.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – Well, I’m certainly more than happy to be the provider of advice and giggles (that’s a pretty wonderful combination I think).

  4. Debby

    You are funny Tracey….this really made me laugh, thank you……

    I’m going to test your theories…I must say I’ve never been fond of the short sleeved shirt fashion…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I’m so glad I gave you a laugh, thanks for giving me the inspiration to find my personal ‘pearls of wisdom’. If you do get a chance to test these out, be sure to let me know how you go – they have certainly been good for me for many years now.

      I just don’t know what it is about those short sleeve business shirts, but I just know I don’t really like it!

  5. sas

    oh yes – I work with a man who id very partial to short sleeved shirts. He wears them WITH a tie. consequently I can’t take anything he does or says, very seriously.

    beards me me suspicious of what else the beardy-wearer may be hiding.

    grown men in uniforms usually attributed to children: specifically scout leaders, give me a huge creep-on.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi sas – Gosh I feel for you having to work with a man who wears short sleeve shirts with ties, that is such a bad look. Haha, no wonder you can’t take him too seriously! 🙂

      Mmm, I’ve never thought about beards in that way but I can definitely see where you’re coming from. I must say that I really don’t like a full and busy beard, who knows what’s in amongst all that hair!?!? 😉

      Oh yes, men in uniforms like that just don’t give off a good vibe … men in other kinds of uniform, well that’s an entirely different story! 😉

  6. Erika Lee Sears

    Thank goodness my husband has sideburns and usually wears long business shirts to work. WHEW!

    Ok this is a random pearl of wisdom but I always smell the food before I eat it especially at a potluck…. you never know what people put in their food. lol

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Haha, without even knowing about his sideburns and business shirt preferences I already know that your husband is completely normal … as if you would be with anyone with poor taste!?!? 😉

      Oh, I like your pearl of wisdom. That makes perfect sense to me, it’s far better to know what you’re getting into before eating a meal rather than find out after you’ve eaten some! 🙂

  7. Dan

    Right then.

    I have a beard, does that count as sideburns?

    Also, I rarely wear short sleeve shirts, but allways roll my long sleeve shirt up (but never wear a tie)

    Am I ok, or am I “one of those people?”

    *closes eyes and doesn’t dare to look*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Dan – Haha, yep a beard is OK. Believe me, if you saw someone without sideburns you’d know it! Something just doesn’t look quite right about them.

      Rolling sleeves up is also completely OK! 🙂
      If it wasn’t, Lee would be in trouble too – he always does that!

      Dan you can rest assured, you have passed all my tests with flying colours!! 😀

  8. fairchildstreet

    Wow you have been busy. Back from hols and just catching up on all my favourite blogs before i blog on Monday. Cheers Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Haha, it has indeed been a busy start to the year (and it is shaping up to be a busy year). I’m so glad you enjoyed your time away – a long holiday is a wonderful thing to indulge in I think. It’s also lovely to see you back to blogging again! 🙂

  9. fairchildstreet

    Oh love the new header. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi again Charmaine – Awww … thank you! I’m so glad to have finally given the blog a proper refresh … it was long overdue.

  10. danica

    hehe. fine advice with a lovely sense of humour. i agree with you on the sideburns point!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Haha, I’m so glad you found the humour in this piece … after all, it’s just a bit of fun! 😉
      I’m glad you agree on the sideburn issue … I’ve met some very odd people without them in the past.

  11. Mel

    lol! Thanks for the pearls 🙂 Can’t think of any myself offhand, other than ‘Let sleeping mothers lie’ (The Children can vouch for the verity of that!!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – You’re very welcome. I hope these little bits of wisdom serve you well! 😉
      Oh, ‘letting sleeping mothers lie’ is a wonderful pearl for sure … one I probably should have tried to do more as a child! 😉

  12. hila

    it took me a long time to learn lesson number 1. In fact, I think it takes lots of women a long time to learn this one. It was a real revelation for me to learn that actually, there’s nothing wrong with intelligence or ambition, or just being ‘good’. So yes, I totally agree. Great post!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Yes, I think that lesson number 1 is something that I have to work out remembering every day. I agree with you, that women tend to take a long time to accept the truth of ‘not being afraid to be good’.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, it was fun (and an interesting challenge) to think of the little things that have helped me in life.

  13. Gabrielle

    Bwahahahahaha – couldn’t agree more 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Haha, glad you enjoyed these little pearls. I’m sure everyone has a few of these little wisdoms tucked away.

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