Avoid Using Cliches & Quick Fixes


Avoid saying:

“Everything will be just fine.”

“I understand. . .”

“Be strong.” Or “You are a strong person.”

“Tomorrow will be a brighter day.”

“When the going gets tough, the tough going.”

“Win some. Lose Some.”

“You’ve got to pull yourself together.”

“This too shall pass.”

“You know what the Bible says . . . ”

“What do you think that God is trying to teach you through this situation?”

“All things work together for good to those who love God.”

“When God closes one door, he opens another.”

“You’re a strong Christian person.”

“Try to look on the bright side.”

“Count your blessings.”

“My uncle had the same disease and . . .”

“You look great.” (Implying that the person should also feel great.)

“Well, here’s what I think you should do. . . .”

“God doesn’t promise us a rose garden.”

Depending on the situation, asking:

“Was he wearing a helmet?”
“Was she wearing a seat belt?”
“Did he smoke?”

“I know it hurts but . . .

…you can get pregnant again.”
…you have other children.”
…you will marry again.”
…there are other fish in the sea.”
…you prepared yourself for this day.”

 For more information on this topic listen to the radio show “Adults Say the Darndest Things.”