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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegem, gnome, maxim, paroemia, and proverb.


“Always do what you’re afraid to do.” Because of that saying I am a different person. I used to be cautious and calculating—steering around my fear. Safety was all that mattered. When it was cold I wore mittens. When the speed limit was 25, I went twenty five. I paid my bills on time and ate the same healthy food night after night. I had my oil changed regularly. I crossed at the crosswalk when the light said “Go.” I always wore a condom. I took a cab late at night, even if I was only a block from where I lived. I always wore my seatbelt. I wore my face mask and got all my vaccinations. I wore sunglasses. I wore SPF 90 sun block. I had a colonoscopy every year. I wore Birkenstocks. I kept the batteries fresh in my smoke detectors. I sprayed my legs with DEET when I went hiking in the woods. I bought my cars on the basis of their safety ratings.

Then I met her.

The first thing she asked me was “What are you afraid to do?” I said, “The usual. Meeting Freddy Krueger, jumping out of airplanes, climbing mountains, diving off a cliff.” I was lying, there were enough more fears to fill a three-ring binder. That’s when she said it: “Always do what you’re afraid to do.” The “always” part of her words of wisdom is what threw me. I think there’s a saying about the pitfalls of “always,” but I don’t know what it is. Also, I am unsure of the benefits of always doing what I’m afraid to do.

So, she talked me into skydiving. We went through a couple of hours of training, donned our helmets and parachutes, got into the plane, and took off. We got up to around 3,000 feet and the instructor told her to “Stand in the door” and then “Go!” and then she jumped. It was my turn next. As I stood in the door, I saw her tumbling through the air and hit the ground with a puff of dust, like a bag of cement. The instructor pulled me away from the door. I sat down and we circled down toward the landing strip. When we landed, there was an ambulance pulling away from the drop zone.

Now, safety matters even more to me. I’ve added hand washing, changing sheets and pillowcases every other day, and spraying disinfectants to my safe-living repertoire. I’m thinking of changing my name to Marty Caution. Although I didn’t go through with the jump, I will not do anything again that I’m the slightest bit scared of. Lately, that means going up and down the stairs.


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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegem, gnome, maxim, paroemia, and proverb.


Somewhere, in strange places, in weird times, in the play of conflict and in the throes of rancor, somebody will say “Actions speak louder than words.” Here’s where the opportunity for conflict escalation opens up. I say, “You just SAID that. Actions don’t speak. Their meanings are interpreted with words. For example, pulling a gun’s trigger and killing somebody is an action. But we need to talk about it to determine whether is was an accident, self defense, or murder.” At this point my conversation partner often waves me off, saying “You are full of crap.”


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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adageapothegemgnomemaximparoemia, and proverb.

“Never a lender nor a borrower be.”

Adhering to the advice above has kept me poor, frustrated, and lonely all of my life.

It all started when I joined the Mega-Jesus Church of the Resurrected Saint Petersburg Anointed With Light and Gold Rolex Watches and Small Weapons. The Pastor is Father Doctor Reverend Excon O’Bail. It was the way he pointed a loaded pistol at the congregation (often at me) and yelled, “Ok you lost parasites, it’s time to make your offering. If it’s under a grand your goin’ outta here in a rubber bag.”

Now I own only my underwear, shoes, a suit, a bicycle, and a Rev. Excon Specially Formulated Bible. I have a decent job, but my family is estranged. My parents disowned me years ago and my brother Bill is trying to have me put away. My sister, who is a budding writer, wants me to tell her my “story” so she can write a book and “become famous.”

I just want to continue counting my blessings. I have faith that I will get past zero someday and claim the beautiful rewards promised by Rev. Excon.

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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adageapothegemgnomemaximparoemia, and proverb.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” As crazy as it may seem, this was one of our wedding vows!

It has come in handy in our marriage many times–too many times. It was tough being married to Rubin. That’s why we finally got a divorce after 5 years of ‘getting going’. I was just not tough enough. So, I guess the saying that captures the choice I made would be: “When the going gets tough too many times, it’s time to get going to a good divorce lawyer.”

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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegem, gnome, maxim, paroemia, and proverb.

My wonderful husband once told me, “I may be lying in the gutter, but I’m staring at the stars.”

Tonight, here in New Hampshire, I know what Bill meant. But tonight it is a little different! It is snowing like crazy and I can’t see the stars!

But seriously, if I were homeless, I’d just go to sleep and freeze to death in the gutter. But I am not homeless! I am not going to go to sleep! I am not going to freeze to death! Instead, I am going to South Carolina!

Before I board my campaign ambulence, I want to introduce my new Presidential Campaign Manager, Mr. Ben Gahzi!

In the coming months, Mr. Gahzi will . . .

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Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adageapothegemgnomemaximparoemia, and proverb.

My wonderful husband once told me, “I may be lying in the gutter, but I’m staring at the stars.”

Tonight, here in New Hampshire, I know what Bill meant. But tonight it is a little different! It is snowing like hell and I can’t see the stars.

Ha ha! That was somewhat funny. Thank you! But seriously, if I were homeless, I’d just go to sleep and freeze to death in the gutter. But I am not homeless! I am not going to go to sleep! Instead, I am going to South Carolina!

Before I board my campaign ambulence, I want to introduce my new Presidential Campaign Manager, Mr. Ben Gahzi!

In the coming months, Mr. Gahzi will . . .

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Sententia

Sententia (sen-ten’-ti-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegm, gnome, maxim, paroemia, and proverb.

“We are what we repeatedly do.”

Aristotle (Quotations, Proverbs & Sayings)

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