Platitudes

A platitude is a trite, meaningless, or prosaic statement, generally directed at quelling social, emotional, or cognitive unease. The word derives from plat, French word for “flat.”

In the world of inspiration and motivation, some phrases can be so overused that they lose their meaning and are considered worthless.

I would argue that there is much wisdom to be found in these “platitudes” but we must ignore their familiarity and consider what they are truly saying.

I found a giant list of platitudes to demonstrate my point – for each one of these ask yourself:

  • What is the true meaning of this statement?
  • If the statement is true- how can it benefit me?

Try it with some of these:

Things will get easier.
Just follow your heart.
Nothing is impossible.
We all have problems.
Happiness is a choice.
It’s not rocket science.
It’s for your own good.
You’re better than this.
Time heals all wounds.
Something will turn up.
You did this to yourself.
Look on the bright side.
Just don’t think about it.
You’re lucky to be alive.
Tomorrow will be better.
Let it slide off your back.
Don’t linger on the past.
They don’t deserve you.
Don’t let it get you down.
Tomorrow’s another day.

Read the full list here.

I would argue that there’s no such thing as a platitude. There is simply our familiarity which causes us to be blind to the true wisdom of the words.

The next time someone tells you tomorrow will be better. Don’t ignore it, embrace it.

Just a thought..