By Kate E. Stephenson
Aphorism (n.): a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).
There are many great aphorsims; the ones I love the most have been passed down through the generations in my family:
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Be careful the toes you step on today; they might be attached to the backside you have to kiss tomorrow.
But my favorite is:
You get more with honey than with vinegar.
They are all true, which is why they are aphorisms; but this one has been the most useful to me in life. People generally respond positively to sweet things—be one. It’s so much easier anyway to smile than to frown. Being positive is also simply healthier for you and it feels better. Those endorphins that are produced by persistent smiling give you a high like no other. And it’s contagious. Try smiling at random people today. You’ll see. Some people will look at you like you are crazy and some may turn their heads, but the vast majority of folks will smile back and then keep smiling. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. So pay it forward. You never know who you might smile at and fate then smile on you.
Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses writing, editing and resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language! Insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language, Lexicon is all about how we talk, write and communicate—even non-verbally. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy the weekly updates her on Lexicon!