Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Prizes and Proverbs (First Giveaway)

I love giveaways on blogs. I still have yet to win anything, maybe one day. Until then , I decided to have my first one. You have a chance to win your pick of one of the three prizes below. They are from organizations/companies who are involved in Africa. So by participating and maybe winning you are helping them. Cool, huh? Are you ready for the rules?

The proverbs you read are Ethiopian. I want you to tell me your favorite one and why. It's that simple. I will randomly pick a winner out of a hat.

*Bonus*- If you can correctly pick out my favorite proverb and are the random winner, you may choose two items.

That's it. Have fun.
Tiny Rockstar Shirt
Africa Bags
Zambian Soap

Contest ends Friday at 7pm

1. To one who does not know, a who garden is a forest.

2. When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.

3. Evil enters like a needle and spreads like a oak tree.

4. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

5. Restless feet may walk into a snake pit.

6. Snake at your feet a stick at your hand!

7. The witness of a rat is another rat.

8. He who learns, teaches.

9. Woman without man is like a field without seed.

10. Unless you call out, who will open the door?

11. When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.

12. You cannot build a house for last year's summer.

13. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

14. The fool speaks, the wise man listens.

15. A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

16. A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children.

17. It is easy to become a monk in one's old age.

18. The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.

19. One's name remains above the grave.

20. As the wound inflames the finger, so thought inflames the mind.

21. Move your neck according to the music.


Melissa said...

I really like number 13, because I absolutely believe that. If we all work together we can accomplish amazing things. I'm going to guess that's your fave too :)

jody said...

oh, number 4!
reminds me of abigal adams and her words to her own son-- "great characters are not born in the calm of life... great necessities call out great virtues."
i have no idea which one is your favorite. i guess 7 just for fun.

Candace said...

Here is mine:
3. Evil enters like a needle and spreads like a oak tree.

Pick yours...I will sleep on it and let you know tomorrow!

Robbin said...

I like #4, it just reminds me that no pain, no gain!


Jim and Ryane said...

I like number 11 and number 13! Thanks for sharing these.


Carolyn said...

RE the crazy white girl dance I would say #21 might be your favorite. However, given all the challenges that you have faced this year especially, I would say that #4 would be your favorite. Given the rough waters you are becoming that skillful sailor.

My favorite would be #4 or #3. They are all very good!

Paula said...

I like the one about the snake because last week I had a snake in my house and I sure could have used a stick in my hand.

Disclaimer: no snakes were harmed during the removal of said reptile from the house.

Life in Fitzville said...

I love 15.. cracks me up, but so true!

Nadia said...

love number 2 and I'll guess number 8 for your favorite..there's too many good ones though!

lurker and adoptive sister to kids from haiti

Cassie said...

i say #4. and i am guess that is yours, too! :)

amy smith said...

i was gonna say 4 and 4 too, but cassie already did.... is that allowed?
a ship in a harbor is safe, but not what ships were designed for. :)

Emily said...

Number 3 is a great one! It doesn't take much to get us to buy into evil, but once it takes root, we are continually drawn into it. Wow.

YoungNaNa said...

8. He who learns, teaches...

You can't teach unless someone has taught you.

You can't minister unless someone has ministered to you.

Jenny said...

I like #18 about the fool. Obviously, it means that the fool is too stupid to drink, even in the midst of water.

I'm guessing that your favorite is #1 since it's first.


stephanie said...

"Unless you call out, who will open the door?"
It doesn't get much better than that! A perfect description of how our relationships with the Lord are and need to be.
And I feel like your favorite might be #2....?

ikkinlala said...

I really like #4 because it's applicable to so many situations (and also because of the alliteration). I'm going to guess that your favourite is #13.

Julie said...

My favorite is 14 "The fool speaks, the wise man listens." This is just what the Bible says and why I often get into trouble. I talk and talk and talk, forgetting to listen to those around me and not hearing their wisdom. I miss out on so much....

Ali said...

I like #4 because I always wanted to have Hold Fast tattooed on me for when the sailors couldn't let go of the ropes in the middle of the storm and rough waters. If they let go, they could lose the ship. But I always love #9 because it is totally true, literally and metaphorically :) What kind of field would I be without my husband? That's a scary thought.

crispy said...

#4 for sure...I am learning to "sail" in life right now. And sailing has always been special in my family growing up.

Brandi said...

I think I agree with everyone else that #4, smooth sailing doesn't make skillful sailors. Oh Lord, I want to be a skillful sailor. . even though I usually long for calm seas. change me Lord! And, let me look at the rough seas as the training grounds that they are and use the times wisely!

Love you friend,

SupermomE11 said...

#13- When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

That has been my favorite Ethiopian proverb for a long time. I often can become emotionally overwhelmed with my job and the incredible number of orphans (especially special needs kids) and it can feel like no real progress is being made. I love the thought that my tiny little spider web, united with the webs of so many others, can help "tie up the lions" of poverty, AIDS, the orphan crisis, etc. :)