This. Title. Sucks.
Yep. What’s it called again? Something like a prehistoric animal during the dinosaur age I believe.
Ah, yes, a platitude.
And just what is a plati-whatever?
Platitudes look like meaningful statements on the surface. But plati’s offer very little help or compassion when offered. Let’s take some following examples and examine them a bit.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
What if the cloud doesn’t have a silver lining? How do you explain it then? How about “I think if we look closer, there’s a possible solution ahead”
There’s no I in Team
There’s also no I in we or us or them. How about instead saying “Let’s work together and try to make this happen…”
Good things come to those who wait
So, if I wait, good things will happen? Show me. Geesh. This reminds me of Abrahams Hicks. Although that is prefaced with something called “the Laws of Attraction”. I have read excerpts from another book by Lynn Grabhorn called “Excuse me, your life is Waiting” which explains the laws much better and how the above statement is meaningless. But really “good things come to those who wait?” I’ve been waiting my entire life and still wake up waiting. Time for change, right?
Don’t be sad because it’s over, be glad that it happened
This is one I have used before. And sometimes it has deep meaning when said in the right context. But what about the wrong context? What if there was a 5 car pile up on the interstate and multiple fatalities? Better not to say this one at all.
When I use them, which I do occasionally, mostly because there’s millions of them and eventually they just come out, I try and take a step back. Because I don’t want to be that person. I want my interactions with people to be real. Not fake. I was reminded of a saying today…
“Don’t judge me because I’m quiet. No one plans a murder out loud.” –Darynda Jones
Which is not a plati-whatever. This one falls under plati-pre-meditation. (smile)
Enjoy your weekend. Tomorrow I am shooting my new compound bow. Yippee! Yi yo kai yay or something like that…although I am praying for the people that walk slowly by the targets. Good thing I’m not a great shot. Yet.