I was thinking about euphemisms. A euphemism is the substitution of an expression for one thought too blunt. “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die”. However so is, “kick the bucket” which seems more harsh since it’s reference comes from kicking a bucket from beneath a person in a noose. There are euphemisms for the bathroom, bodily functions, cheating, crashing, being fired, garbage, pregnancy, sex and more.
Next are clichés – a phrase that is overused – such as, “that’s the way the cookie crumbles”, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” or “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.”
Finally we have metaphors – a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it not literal but suggest a similarity, as in “love is a battlefield.”
The phrase I’m fixated on today is “turned the corner”. I’m not sure in which word expression category it would reside but the saying belongs in the hope hall of fame. When you hear someone in a hospital ‘turned the corner’ it means the difference between life and death. Turning the corner in rehabilitation, romance or riches means there has been a marked change. Why? Because when you turn a corner you can no longer see where you were before. Turning the corner allows you a fresh start, a new perspective and different direction to discover.
Where do you need to turn the corner in your life? Looking back, or living in the past, robs us of opportunity and joy in the present and achievement and success in the future. As the New Year begins, give yourself permission to turn the corner – just be sure to watch out for the fork in the road…