Lead a horse…

Lead a horse…

18thPost Challenge of 31

 

“Never use clichés!” My writing tutor constantly reminded me.

 

However, I beg to differ…

 

They definitely have their place!

 

The one that instantly pings to mind, and a favourite for many, many delicious reasons:

 

‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.’

 

Some call it a proverb. I don’t bother. It’s been used so many times, it’s clearly a cliche!

 

You can give someone an opportunity but it doesn’t mean they want to take it.

4 Replies to “Lead a horse…”

  1. Cressida! Are you assuming? I am surprised that your “horse” is male.
    Sam Brown sings a lovely song, do you know it?
    “You can take a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    A friend of mine in so much misery
    Some people sail through life, he is struggling
    I said, “Hey man, let’s go out and get some wisdom”
    First he turned on me, then turned off his nervous system
    You can take a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    You can have it all laid out in front of you but still won’t make it think
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    Someone I love has got a problem
    Some people thirst for truth, he would like a drink
    I said, “Hey man, this could be risky”
    He said everything’s okay, as he downed another bottle of whiskey
    You can take a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    You can have it all staked out in front of you but still won’t make it sink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    Preacher at my church likes to talk about Satan
    Could be that he knows him, he acts like he’s possessed
    I said, “Hey man, let’s hear about God’s realization for a change”
    He said, “We ain’t got time for that, first you must hear of the evils of fornication”
    You can take a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no
    You can have it all staked out in front of you but still won’t make it sink
    Oh no, oh no, oh no.”

    1. You are correct, George! One should never assume. I referred to a proverbial horse. And in that ‘proverb’ / cliché it states a ‘him’. This was never me.

      However, take in a huge breath here, I do find that most of my troubles have been because of men. Men behaving badly. But that, of course, let out your breath now, could have quite merrily been due to yours truly. Everyone has their own little tale. Mine. Theirs. And then somewhere in the middle would be the truth…

      I’ll now listen to Mr Brown’s song…

      1. Dear Cressida,
        I’m still holding breath and may need medical assistance!
        Did you assume Sam was a male?

        1. Oh dear me, George! I was thinking of Sam Cooke, the jazz singer… How incredibly the brain works when it’s triggered, instant thoughts about something, despite it being wrong…

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