Shaken, not stirred

By Mir
April 20, 2005

It’s often said that the cruelest thing you can do to another person is “kick them when they’re down.”

I would posit that this was declared by someone utterly unused to being down.

Rather–if you consider it for a bit–it becomes clear that while in “crisis mode,” a person is fairly well-equipped (even if not particularly willing) to take on more adversity in the mix.

No, the cruelest thing you can do to another person is kick them when they’re on their way back up. It shatters any sense of relief they may have been enjoying. It bypasses whatever level of “down” they were previously at and puts them back at square one… except now, square one is more like square -83.

What revisions to common sayings would you suggest? Please discuss, while I find some cream to put on this rash.


  1. Amanda B.

    “When God closes a door, he opens a window. And pushes you out of it.”

    Just kidding Big Guy.

  2. Jules

    That which doesn’t kill us could possibly lead to us killing someone else.

  3. ben

    Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken.

  4. DebR

    A bird in the hand is worth two antibacterial wet wipes.

  5. Sara

    The glass is all the way empty. Furthermore, it is broken and I just cut my lip and swallowed glass shards.

  6. Leanne

    No revisions to any sayings, but I just commented on a similar entry on another friends blog about this song: Tubthumping by Chumbawumba.

    It’s my motivator, I hope it works for you!! :D

  7. Lizzie

    If a messy house is a sign of happiness, than I’m absolutely delirious!!

    **blank stare**

    Umm…what Ben said.

  8. dad

    The Law of Probability Dispersal decrees that whatever it is that hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

    Breathe deeply.

  9. Kym

    The early bird gets tired.

  10. ben

    Since you liked my Hopper line (it’s a bugs life, after all), here’s some more:

    Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

    The only easy day was yesterday.

    And finally an Oscar Wilde that describes me well:
    Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

  11. Sarah G.

    Life is a bitch, then she has puppies.

  12. poopie

    T-92.5 here, but who’s countin?

    “Follow the yellow brick road…..”

  13. Ginny

    It’s always darkest before you step on the Legos.

  14. savtadotty

    Money Talks: it says “Goodbye.”

  15. ben

    Did I miss a memo?

    Where is everyone?


  16. Karry

    The grass is always greener in my own yard. That’s where everyone walks their dogs.

  17. Cindy

    I was on my way back up after months in the ‘down’ until approximately 3:30 pm yesterday when I found myself on the receiving end of a steel toed boot.

    You are exactly right.

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