It’s not that we forget old sayings, nor that they’re proven to be untrue, but rather, that their validity annoys us so much that we punish them and cast them into obscurity.
“A watched pot never boils.”
This is an adage.
I would venture to say that the average person under the age of thirty would not only be unfamiliar with this premise, but also baffled as to the logic of its meaning.
Why, you may ask?
Because we have convinced ourselves that waiting for things to happen–becoming impatient with the length of time involved and finally frustrated–is normal human behavior.
I don’t know why we can’t take the truths discovered by one generation and carry them into the next, while dispelling the superstition and silliness–but apparently if someone over the age of forty thought it, we just throw it in the trash.
Human beings suck at waiting.
If we’re told there will be a ten minute delay, after forty-two seconds, we are convinced we have been waiting a half-hour.
The only way to wait for anything is not to wait for it.
So if you put a pot of water on the stove to boil, it knows its job. Leave the room and let it boil.
The happiest you will ever be is when you realize that you’re not as capable as you think you are.
Then you can work with your frailty toward a realistic solution instead of insisting that the damn pot is taking longer this time.
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