Are You “Killing” Yourself?

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by Antonio Thornton on Saturday, September 9, 2006

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I was talking to a buddy of mine the other day and she made the comment,

“Man…this bra is killing me!” (I hope I didn’t offend anyone by saying bra) :-)

So I asked her, “IS the bra really killing you…or does it just hurt badly?”

Of course, her response was that it wasn’t killing her, but it really made me think about the things we say.

I was on the phone with Sprint yesterday and I caught myself saying, “I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off”. When you really get a visual of a chicken running around with its head cut off, why would anyone speak that into reality for themselves?

I was so taken aback by that statement that I actually stopped mid-sentence and said to the woman on the phone… “wow… I can’t believe I just said that. Why would anyone ever want to run around like that?”

She busted out laughing and said, “I have no idea.”

I didn’t either.

So it got me thinking about all the phrases we throw around and use so callously.

One I stopped using a few years ago: “Killing two birds with one stone…” I’ve changed it to “catching two birds at the same time.”

What are some of the phrases you say (and really don’t mean) that you want to change?

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