22 “Zen” Sayings for People Who Like to Keep It Real

Do you know someone who dreamily describes themselves as “spiritually evolved“, “highly ethereal,” or “enlightened”?

Do they often quote wise sayings that sound great in theory, but are impossible to live by? Do they claim to be vegan, even though you’re sure they chow down on cheeseburgers when nobody’s looking?

Do these people make you want to roll your eyes?

If so, the following words of wisdom are for you.

Here are twenty-two “zen” phrases complied by Higher Perspective that are practical, sassy, and all too real.

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Many of us have become exhausted, overwhelmed, and even jaded by the amount of spiritual “wisdom” thrown our way. Some of it is useful and insightful. Unfortunately, much more of it is made up of meaningless feel-good phrases meant to placate and satisfy. The next time you find your mind caught up in the spiritual equivalent of junk mail, consider the wisdom of one of these sayings instead. They may not change the way you live your life – but they will be far more effective in helping you to find humor in reality.

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