In Liberia, a proverb says, “Do not eat your chicken and throw its feathers in the front yard.” This proverb has many layers of meaning, but at its core, it is about taking care of what you have. Let’s explore this proverb in more depth and see what we can learn from it.
- There is a time and place for everything.
- You get what you give.
- Take care of what you have.
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The Proverb says: “Do not eat your chicken and throw its feathers in the front yard.”
It is not polite to eat your chicken and then throw its feathers out the door.
There is a time and place for everything
This proverb’s first layer of meaning is that there is a time and place for everything. Having something does not mean you should use it all at once. For example, if you have a chicken, you should not eat it all in one sitting and throw the feathers away. You should savor the chicken and use the feathers for something else, like making a pillow or blanket. This way, you can enjoy the chicken for longer and get more use out of it.
This proverb’s second layer of meaning is that you get what you give. If you take care of your things and use them wisely, they will last longer and serve you well. However, if you abuse your things and do not take care of them, they will not last as long and will not be as valuable to you. And it’s true for chickens as well as any other possession.
Take care of what you have
This proverb’s third and final layer of meaning is that you should care about what you have. It would help if you did not take your possessions for granted or assume they will always be there. You should appreciate them while you have them and use them wisely to enjoy them for as long as possible.
This Liberian proverb has many layers of meaning, but at its core, it is about taking care of what we have. You should use your possessions wisely and appreciate them while you have them to enjoy them for as long as possible. What do you think this proverb means? Let us know in the comments below!
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