Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.

~ Cathy Guisewite ~

Why Sayings Say it Well

October 16th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

What weird sayings

Ah, sayings. Those quirky, funny expressions that add color to our speech. Sayings like “a wigwam for a goose’s bridlefor instance. Yep, you read that right. It’s a playful Australian way of saying “mind your own business.” So when prying kids start asking what you’ve got, you can deliver this totally silly saying right between the eyes (preferably with a straight face).

It’s also a saying for describing how useless something is.  So you can say that cracked foot spa you got for your birthday is as useless as a wigwam for a goose’s bridle too. Then again, other sayings might serve you better. For instance, you could proclaim that fat-draining grill, shoved into the back of the cupboard, is as useless as:

•   Mudflaps on a speedboat

•   Lips on a chicken

•   A screendoor on a submarine

•   A backpocket on a tee shirt

•   An ashtray on a motorbike, or

•   A chocolate teapot.

Silly I know. But if these sayings get you smiling then you know what I mean.

But I’m straying off the point. Wildly.

The thing is most of us have plenty in life that’s useless. Junk piled high blocking cupboards, clothes we’ll never wear again, and so on. Life that’s overfull of useless things saps away our attentions and chains us to looking after it. Worse, “stuff” drains our happiness.

To live a more carefree life, I believe we are better getting rid of what holds us back.  Released from responsibilities that don’t really matter, we can enjoy more of what does.

Hoarders take note: rainy days are coming. But there’s more to preparing for them than collecting junk. Tomorrow needs good todays too. For that, you need to be free of the burden that too much clutter brings.

If there’s a secret to living with so much, I believe one of the best sayings to keep in mind is this: “Be willing to let it go as easily as you gather it.”  How much is too much is a matter for you to decide. But if we spend more than half of our time thinking of our stuff (from using, repairing, insuring, to caring), what are we missing out on?

How much more joy can we uncover in friendships, family, dreams, and discovering? Call me greedy, but I don’t want to miss out on the satisfaction they bring. That’s why I’m ditching my wigwam for a goose’s bridle, eating my chocolate teapot, and taking these sayings to heart. I’m going to have more fun and reduce the junk.

Do you have any favorite sayings?


  1. Noelle says:

    Thanks for the reminder to dejunk!

    I love among many sayings…the cats pyjamas