Life · Three quote challenge

My recent thoughts…

Cybernetic blonde invited me for the quote challenge and my mind drifted to African proverbs.  Thank you, Brenda 🙂1465108007692[1]

From time immemorial, proverbs have been used by elders in my place to punctuate and convey important messages during a conversation.

When I was younger and my parents or grandparents spoke in proverbs, idioms, and all the wise words, I barely understood, but as I age, I find them worth ruminating over especially when I find myself in a quandary of thoughts.

“Even the best cooking pot will not produce food when no fire is lit underneath.”

“When building a house and the nail breaks, do you stop building or do you change the nail?”

“If you run after two Hares, you will catch neither.”

These three proverbs above reflect the thoughts that have been going through my mind of late. So let me briefly explain them.

The first is an advice to myself that even though I have all the storyline of my second book known to me until I sit down and flesh it out as I should, those ideas won’t miraculously turn into a book.

The second one has to do with some mind distractions that I’ve been having of late. So many loose ends of things to tie up and I’m using them as an excuse to digress from doing what needs to be done. It’s time to drop that tack and get serious.

Lastly, I remind myself to taper off unnecessary things and concentrate. Running after too many things at once will all make me harried and at the end of the day, nothing would have been achieved.

So, back to tapering off, tacking with the right nails and cooking up those stories.

Do you fancy a whirl at quotes? Indulge 🙂

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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20 thoughts on “My recent thoughts…

  1. I enjoyed the wise words in your quotes above.
    I love quotes, I especially like Maya Angelou who came up with some wonderful ones… they always seem so practical and true … here’s a nice one “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”

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      1. i am inspired by the elders in a community, so much they can share and pass on if only we give them the opportunity….you are blessed to come from such a rich culture…

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  2. Both my parents were good for the “Old Sayings” however my Dad Edward G. Palmer had a knack for them. But my Mom Mable Palmer was not far behind. Now as I’m older I find myself remembering these words or wisdom and repeating them.


    If you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.

    Straighten up and Fly Right.

    I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

    It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

    You made your bed now lie in it.


    If you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything at all.

    You never know who you may have to call on.

    If you mess up you clean up.

    Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

    All that glitters is not gold.

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I love it when you decorate my heart with your words..

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