RSS Things That Make Me Go “Hmm”

I've been thinking lately about some of life's imponderables—the most baffling things about everyday life. Have you noticed that some of our most popular expressions just don’t add up?

  1. We have all heard the saying “time is money,” which suggests that to do something fast will result in the greatest reward. Doesn't the greatest reward come from winning a personal or professional battle, no matter how long it takes? Hmm.
  2. When opportunity knocks, do you open the door and welcome her in, or do you stand there and yak at her, asking a ton of questions, only to find that she turns her back on you and walks away? Hmm.
  3. They say “misery loves company,” but I can’t think of a single person who wants anything to do with it. Let’s all come together to get rid of it once and for all! Hmm.
  4. Why do some people have a hard time expressing appreciation, like accepting the gift of a compliment? Hmm.
  5. Why is it that some of the most rich and famous people in the world seem to be the most miserable?  Could it be that the dreams they are chasing are someone else’s and not their own? Hmm.
  6. When the cards are stacked against us, we have three choices: (1) play the hand we’re dealt, (2) fold and wait for the next hand, or (3) move to a new table. What does it say about us if we choose one of the latter options—to fold or move? Hmm.
  7. Why is it that some people laugh robustly, breaking into side-splitting laughter, yet others can hardly crack to smile? Hmm.
  8. Why do only people understand that “no means no,” while others interpret it as maybe or as a certain yes? Hmm.
  9. What does it say about our society that email technology has almost made “snail mail” obsolete; yet, the most valued correspondence I get is a personalized, handwritten note or letter? Hmm.
  10. One of my favorite sayings is: “Dance as if no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, and work like you don’t need the money.” Are these wise words? Hmm.

After reading through the list, I'd be curious to know which of these imponderables you can relate to the most. Is there something that makes you go “hmm”?

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