Don't Let Them Get to You - But better phrasing?
July 10, 2014 6:49 AM Subscribe
Trying to come up with inspirational sayings for boundary enforcement, something that can be embroidered or engraved. Some sort of physical embodiment of this saying will be created. The idea should be you can't save everyone, you need to not take on the pain of the world, everything is not on your shoulders, you can say no, et cetera.
posted by RainyJay to Writing & Language (26 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
So far, I have the fake Latin "nolite te bastardes carborundorum" (don't let the bastards grind you down) and the Polish "Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy" (not my circus, not my monkeys). Non-English is not a requirement, it's just happened to work out that way.
Apply your own oxygen mask first is still a little too focused on the other people involved. The self-sufficiency/distancing element is crucial here.
The Latin has been engraved on an Etsy bracelet as a physical touchstone/reminder. Looking for more to do the same with.
What else do you know of in this vein?