When people start a sentence with “With all due respect,” they’re about to be hella disrespectful.
When they say “to be honest,” they’ve been low key waiting on you to ask a question that would allow them to tell you about yourself.
Never trust anyone who says, “Trust me.” Trustworthy people don’t have to tell you to trust them.
“I’m just walking in my truth.” I used to love this expression until I realized it is sort of like “Trust me.” If you are in fact walking in your truth that typically needs no discussion being that your walk is evidence of that truth. I’ve found that many of the people who use (and overuse) this expression are walking in someone else’s truth or what they believe people expect of them. That’s not truth. That’s a Xerox of someone version of events.
“Beggars can’t be choosers” really means, “I ain’t got to do crap for you, so you better take what I give you.”
“So let me get this straight…” I really already have this straight, but I want YOU to verify that you allowed what you just said to actually come out your mouth!
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but”…But you heard it from someone else and it got a lot of likes and sounded like gospel, so now you start everything you think is gospel with this statement in hopes that someone will hear what is being said by you not understanding that if a million people are saying “I don’t know who needs to hear this” then no one hears anything but noise! In other words, just say what you are going to say in your own unique way and those who have ears will hear.
“You can’t please everyone.” Though this it is true that you can absolutely not please everyone…it feels like it often means… “My opinion is the only one that matters to me. And if your opinion is the only one that matters, why not just say that and spare people the extra conversation?
“All’s fair in love and war.” = “As soon as you break up with your man, I’m in that thang.”
Them: The devil’s in the details. Me: And you’re the devil. AND YOU ALWAYS IN SOMEBODY ELSE’S DETAILS!
I am a teacher by trade and an artist by birth. I have taught Pre-K through 8th grade and performed spoken word poetry for almost two decades. In 2018, I’ll be releasing my complete collection of poetry entitled “All My Heroes Were Assassinated.” I have been published in 18 anthologies worldwide. In addition to my poetic endeavors, I am also a painter, teacher, rock star auntie, and humanitarian. Volunteer work is equally important to me and I’m known for my monthly homeless outreach ministry and disaster relief program.
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