Try a cliché…

“Clary screamed out loud as he fell like a stone – and landed lightly on his feet just in front of her. Clary stared with her mouth open as he rose up out of a shallow crouch and grinned at her. “If I made a joke about just dropping in,” he said, “would you write me off as a cliché?” ― Cassandra Clare.

So try these:

  • Cat got your tongue?
  • Fall head over heels
  • Read between the lines
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Waking up on the wrong side of the bed

So what is a cliché – some may ask? A cliché can be two things:

1. “An overused expression, something that is said a lot that has become some common, it no longer really has any relevance or is even noticed in conversation. Phrases such as “to this day” or “next thing I knew” are examples of such a cliché, and you often say these phrases without noticing you are doing so.”

2. “An idea with a different meaning from its literal meaning. For example, the phrases “sweaty palms” or “twinkling eyes” have come to mean more than the fact that your palms are just sweaty or that your eye’s have a twinkle. When you say someone has sweaty palms, everyone knows you mean “he is nervous” because the expression has become a cliché.”

I find that my life is sometimes a cliché and if you dismiss things immediately if they sound like a cliché, you might be missing out on some good stuff. Clichés are simply “unoriginal ideas” — and that’s fine. We need to have a few clichés in our life now and then; it makes our lives sometimes a little bit more enjoyable.

We need to be grateful for what we have. If you can write down 5 to 7 things you’re glad about every night before going to sleep, it might change things. Many of us go to bed every night thinking about things we still have to do. An assortment of worries or concerns slights from difficult co-workers, things you need to remember – negativity and chaos. Really!

If you purposefully inject the positive into your brain then the negative worries and concerns get bumped out. if you have a few clichés in your life, well try making them positive.

Try them….

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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