So intuition was just pessimism? That’s an excellent thing, no? It is always such a good thing to be pleasantly surprised. Thanks to all of you who proved me wrong and helped to make history!
But maybe it wasn’t pessimism: it was just hubris-prevention. Celebrating victory is great, but when we do it ahead of time, it may be wise to be cautious. Pride comes before a fall (or, as we say in Brazil, the taller the coconut tree, the greater the fall). Scalded cat is afraid of counting the eggs inside the chicken: better wait until they’re in said cat’s tummy. Humility, caution and chicken soup never hurt anyone (another great Brazilian saying). Experience is the mother of wisdom. And of traumas.
Modesty aside, I have a great memory for collecting and reciting popular wisdom. I just wish that said wisdom would make its permanent abode in my head.
Scalded Cat herself
“Do what I say, not what I do…”