Sage Advice From the Caribbean
West Indian Wisdom
is what kept so many of us on the right path growing up. Gran-Gran would be ready to put two hot lashes in we tails if we were out of order. Now that we're older, we come to better understand and appreciate much of the sage advice that rang in our ears for years.
Here are some of the Caribbean proverbs on which we were well raised:
No matter how hard you try to avoid some things, they are bound to catch up to you.
There is a partner out there for everyone.
Some people want to mistreat others and pull all kinds of selfish stunts. They can dish it but they cannot take it. Let them know they should not be offended when they are treated the same way they treated another person.
The time will come when a man will face what he has coming to him.
Have you ever seen a wicked person get away with his misdeeds? Don't fret yourself. It may be out of your hands but every man meets the fate he deserves. God doh sleep.
When you're pursuing your ambitions, focus on moving smartly not swiftly. Don’t be too hasty in your actions. You may end up missing your goal.
People know who they can and cannot manipulate.
Use it or lose it. Don't let your assets go to waste.
Challenging experiences may be stressful but if they don't kill you, they may enrich your life. If they add no value, then at least they'll flush out things you don't need.
Be wary of some people. Not all who seem friendly are harmless.
Who is eager to dish it, isn't always ready to take it.
Be cautious when you are getting into situations that may seem too good. What may feel good in the beginning, may not be so good in the end.
You don't have to tell people all your private business. Some things are best kept to yourself.
Count your blessings. Think about all those times you had challenges and somehow you managed to survive. More blessings and good fortune will come your way.
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