Swedish Proverb


Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more,

hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.

–Swedish Proverb

During the infamous walk, our tent neighbors across the row had decorated their tent with sayings all of which were on laminated cards and tied to their tent with pink ribbons.

Neighbors were encouraged to select a tag which meant something to them and take it with them. I picked the proverb written above. I liked it for several reasons. First of all, and most important, I liked the message. All good things to keep in mind in terms of living a better life and being a better companion on this earth. I also liked the somewhat clunky translation. At least, I attribute it to the clunky translation and not some rather microscopic focus in the Swedish mentality. I get the point of “eat less, chew more” but would never have thought to express it quite like that.

In any case, the saying hung from my knapsack during the walk and now hangs on my bulletin board where I can see it.

As part of the focus on resolutions for January, I share it now. May all good things come to those who read and try to live this proverb.


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