An elderly gentleman once crashed his Jaguar into my front wall. Seeing myself as a caring helpful person, after I had itemised the bill for the repairs, I rushed to his aid, by making him a cup of sweet tea which generously I did not include on the bill. I called for medical assistance (and again not charged), and paramedics duly arrived.
When the paramedics arrived, I was admonished that I could have killed the poor old shocked duffer with the sugary drink. It was the last time I tried to be kind to anyone. And I revised his bill to include the tea.
I remind myself of this tale when I try to counteract the irritation I too often feel when confronted with trite memes on social media telling me how to live my life. When I say irritation, others might more accurately describe it as incandescent rage.
The problem with all of these allegedly well-meaning yet insufferably smug sayings is that they are at best half-truths, and at worst wrong and dangerous. In all cases they oversimplify things and encourage us into the false belief that achieving success, motivation, love and a happy life are simple matters. Let us examine a few that have landed on my various screens this week.