Reading Exercise – Idioms #1

A Little Life Philosophy

Here are some thoughts on how to live a reasonably balanced life. These aren’t any great insights, just everyday thoughts on how to be satisfied and relatively happy despite the curves that life throws us at times. First and foremost, it’s important to find people that you like. That means finding someone who won’t make you feel put upon. That’s truly a horrible feeling! It’s also a good idea to find people who aren’t going to press your buttons too much. Friends will kid around, but good friends will hit a happy medium between joking and respecting each other. On the topic of friends, it’s a good idea to treat your friends like you’d like them to treat you.

It’s simple, but put this advice into practice and you’ll be surprised at what great friends you find.

In these modern times, we all enjoy having the latest, greatest products such as smart phones and stylish clothing. Just remember that all that glitters is not gold. I find it helpful to always keep the presence of mind about me when I’m shopping. Rather than fall into the trap of using your credit card too much, wait a day or two. Try this trick the next time your heart skips a beat because some beautiful piece of technology calls to you from the shop window. Once you’ve got this technique under your belt, you’d be surprised how much you will save.

Finally, when things do go wrong be careful and take it slowly. Take a few deep breaths, regain your composure, and then act. Unfortunately, we all get the short end of the stick at times. When this happens, know that life doesn’t turn on a dime. Ups and downs are all part of the puzzle that is life. Taking this approach will make problems run like water off a duck’s back. You’ll need to straighten things out from time to time, but you’ll know it’s not the end of the world. Of course, it’s also a good idea to cross bridges when you come to them rather than worry too much about everything that could go wrong in life!

Idioms and Expressions

all that glitters is not gold = not everything that looks good is good
cross a bridge when one comes to it = deal with a situation when it happens, used when explaining that one shouldn’t worry too much about possible problems
fall into the trap = do something that something wants you to do in order to take advantage of you
feel put-upon = feel like someone is forcing your to do something you don’t want to do
get something under one’s belt = experience something
get the short end of the stick = lose in an arrangement of some sort, receive the smallest portion
have the heart skip a beat = be surprised by something
hit a happy medium = find balance between extremes
kid around = have fun, joke
presence of mind = the ability to calmly think about a situation and make the best decision rather than act on emotion
push someone’s buttons = know exactly what to say to anger another person
put something into practice = do something that you want to become a habit, often used when following advice
regain one’s composure = find balance after having becoming very emotional (anger, sadness, spite, etc.)
run like water off a duck’s back = not bother or affect someone
straighten something out = resolve a problem
throw someone a curve = do something that surprises someone, often used when negative events happen
turn on a dime = change without hesitation

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