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Top 10 Phrases We Lived By as Children and Still Do Now

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As children, our creativity ran wild and the world seemed full of possibilities. Our perspectives focused more on the current moment than the future, which seemed so distant. Some of the phrases that we lived by as children, still pertain to our lives today. Those phrases are discussed below.

1. Take a Chill Pill

The phrase to take a chill pill means that you need to relax or someone is telling you to calm down. This is a perspective that can be carried into your adult life; especially as you apply it to the workplace environment. It is important to respond rather than react to people and circumstances and do your best to remain calm and cool headed.

2. Mind Your Own Beeswax

Mind your own beeswax or saying it’s none of your beeswax are phrases you may have used in your childhood. It means to mind your own business or that you’re telling someone it’s none of their business. This phrase is not necessarily appropriate to actually say to someone in a professional setting. However, the idea behind it applies to your interactions in both your personal and professional life. There are boundary lines that you need to erect in your own life and also honor the ones as someone else’s wishes as well.

3. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover  

It is important that you don’t prejudge someone simply by looking at them or during your first meeting. That is the meaning behind this phrase which was one we lived by as children. This phrase and philosophy behind it can be carried over into your adult life. Take the time to genuinely get to know people first and don’t make prejudgments.

4. A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned  

This commonly known phrase is a proverb which means that any money that you can save becomes more valuable than spending it right away. Saving money is a wise tactic. This phrase can be applied to your adult life. So many people live paycheck to paycheck these days. However, any little bit that you can save will add up and help you on those rainy days when you need extra cash.

5. God Made Dirt, So Dirt Don’t Hurt

This is another common phrase that we heard and used during our childhood. Generally speaking, this phrase speaks to the idea of not being afraid of getting dirty. Think of a time during your childhood—when you were playing outside, having fun and getting dirty in the dirt and mud. You and your friends may even have been chanting this phrase in sing-song voices. The idea behind this phrase can be taken to heart in your adult life. Don’t be afraid to have fun and get messy. Be professional at work, but find the time to still act like a kid every now and then.

6. You Catch More Bees With Honey

This phrase basically means that being nice is better than being demanding. For example, you will have more friends if you are nice. Also, if you want something, don’t take the route of demanding it from someone. This idea is so important and should be utilized in your adult life, both in your personal and professional worlds.

7. Treat Others As You Wish to Be Treated

Otherwise known as the Golden Rule, this phrase was hammered into many children’s minds during childhood. It is a phrase that carries its weight in gold even throughout your adult years. Successful people completely understand this concept of treating others with respect and kindness rather than disrespect and disdain.

8. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say Anything At All

Along the lines of the previous two phrases, this one continues with the idea of being nice and respecting others. Just imagine your mother’s, father’s or teacher’s looks of disappointment if they had caught you saying something unkind to someone else. This phrase is an important one to continue to utilize in your adult life. You are not going to be friends with everyone and won’t always like what others are doing. However, that does not give you the right to be rude and say whatever is on your mind. Simply put, keep the filter on your mouth and make every effort to respect others. This philosophy will help you succeed in both your personal and professional life.

9. Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones, but Words Will Never Hurt Me

This phrase was meant to help children to understand the idea of not allowing themselves to be held prisoner by someone else’s hurtful words. Of course, hurtful words sting and don’t make you feel good. However, developing your self-respect and self-confidence enough to know that you have power over your reactions and responses to others—will make you a more fulfilled individual.

10. Working Hard or Hardly Working

During my childhood, I remember using this phrase in a funny or sarcastic way to friends. However, there is truth behind the words. You are either working hard and diligently, or not being effective in your work. The philosophy behind this phrase can be utilized in your adult life. Don’t be sarcastic in how you say this to others. Rather, use it as a reminder to yourself that you need to develop your own diligent work ethic.

As an adult, it is important to look back on both the good and bad memories from your childhood and become a better person from having gone through those experiences. Remembering the phrases from our childhood can help us grow and develop in our personal and professional life.

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