“Fools’ names like their faces, always seen in public places.” — Robin McCoy.
Actually Robin attributes the above to an “old family saying.” When I tried to find it’s origin there are lots of attributions to grandmother’s and old family sayings, but nobody like Mark Twain or Abe Lincoln so I give Robin the credit for calling it to my attention. Maybe you know it’s origin.
In these days of social media you see a lot of names and foolish words. I think for a lot of our leaders these days they are learning the wisdom of just doing their job and not drawing attention to themselves. A very long time ago, my football coach would weekly remind us to never give the opposition what he called “bulletin board” material. In other words, you always praised your opponent and downplayed your own skills. I quickly learned to refer to the defensive lineman I faced as the “best player I would ever face.”
I watched the National Championship game last night and the announcer said, about the Heisman Trophy winner, “Young men should watch how he behaves. He doesn’t taunt, he doesn’t draw attention to himself, he simply does his job and he does it better than anybody in the game.”
It is a lesson we all can learn, — “Let praise be heaped upon us by others, not by ourselves.”