Seated around a couple of tables for lunch one day a few months ago, members of my tightly-knit women’s networking group were considering a question that had just been posed. I’m paraphrasing here, because I can’t remember the question exactly as it was worded, but it centered on what piece of advice each of us had been given by our parents that we consider valuable today.
While the other networkers seemed to have a little glow to them as they recalled the wisdom of their parents, I was thinking that most of the advice I received in my youth — usually in the form of an old saying — irritated me.
Nonetheless I nodded in agreement with the others in our group that the proverb, “This too shall pass,” often uttered by a female member of the family to sooth a frazzled young adult, has turned out to be a truism, at least most cases. But at the same time I wondered if the others shared my recollections of feeling dismissed whenever my mother or grandmother trotted that one out to stop the rant of the day. When I wanted a problem to disappear immediately, it didn’t placate me to hear I had to summon a little patience and all would eventually be right in my world.