Simon Ekin

One swallow doesn’t make a summer

In a conversation with a client recently, I used a phrase: one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

I was unsure whether or not to use it, as I thought he might experience it as demeaning, or patronising; or that I was just throwing out a quote or a cliché.

That was until I chatted to him at a function recently. I asked how he was doing and he said, “that quote you shared with me all those years ago really stuck; I have never forgotten it and it recently really helped me in dealing with a challenge I was having. .

Turns out it was perfect for him, in his place and time.

Never be afraid of sharing something that comes to mind as we will never know how it might land with someone and the difference it might make, as the saying goes, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

Is there a word of phrase that sticks in your mind, or one that comes to mind as you read this?

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