Saturday, March 2, 2013

Omani sayings & proverbs: "don't sell your rug"

Omani saying {this one is actually originally from Zanzibar}: "Don't sell your rug for a carpet that is just passing through". Meaning: be happy with what you have. It is kind of a varient of the English version "the grass is always greener on the other side". Meaning, don't give up a good tried and true relationship or other varient, for something that just looks better but you have no idea how it will hold up or last or doesn't belong to you or care for you ect....

4 comments:

KittySigurdardottir. said...

What wisdom!But men are fooled by Gold Diggers still.How do we wake up men about them?Do you have any suggestions?And thank you so much for this,I'll have to write it down and ponder on.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Kitty: I say leave stupid with stupid;). I myself, maybe just to prove to myself that I was not one of those girls, looked for a man who worked hard but wasn't rich. I think fathers and mothers have to teach their daughters to look for that, and their sons to look for women who look for that:). My father taught me sometimes a man is his absence of clothes. Maybe he spends all his money on his family and his home rather than his car and friends and himself. If my father never taught me to look for hardworking and patient in a man, maybe I never would have.

Omanly said...

This one should be repeated on and again by most of us. Consumerism, the whole world around encourages us to act out of impulses and impressions. I don't think men are more prone to fall in this trap than women. Maybe they are more risk takers then women are, but the risk are there for both of us. If one feels that he/she found the one better carve this proverb in his/her soul and remind itself: there is no "ideal one", in any working relationship there compromise. The key is that the amount that is given up is always significantly less that what is gained. And if you consistently work on this, the "loss" is bound to decrease gradually. And this is where the "hard working" trait also comes in. Good relationships are worked for. Sometimes hardly. They do not just happen. As far as I am concerned they well worth the effort.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Omanly: I gree, women are more prone to do this with firnedships with other women than men for certain. A more fashionable friend comes along and an old one is diregarded until the fad wears off:)

Relationships are work and grass is always greener is our English equivelent:)