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There's a reason why certain phrases are used often enough to become familiar. It’s because they're true. Here are five clichés that have perfectly summed up an experience in my life.

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1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. A few weeks back, my daughter had a concert ticket and no time to go to the concert. She was just about to post it on Craigslist when one of her friends offered to buy it—for a tad less than face value. Sure, she may have gotten the full amount if she'd turned her friend down, but she also may not have sold the ticket at all.

2. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For years I dreamed of writing a book, but I put off starting because it seemed like such a huge goal. Then I realized even a small step was a step closer to achieving it. Flash forward a few years, and I'm proud to say that The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life comes out September 10.

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3. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. At the end of the school year, my son had to take a final and three placement exams—all in one day. He was understandably upset about it, but I reminded him how wonderful it was that he could get it all over with in one day, after which he’d be worry-free. (In this case, I thought two spoonfuls was called for, so I promised him a trip to an amusement park.)

4. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Recently I was in line to rent a car. The longer the clerk spent helping the woman in front of me, the more upset the customer behind me became. She decided it might speed him up if she made snippy comments loud enough for the poor guy to hear. I decided to spare all of us by letting her go in ahead of me. She got her compact number in record time, and I was upgraded to a luxury car.

5. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I was getting ready to go to an event at my son's school—and was in a rush (as usual). I decided to skip the 10 seconds it would have taken me to apply a fresh coat of sunscreen, and, of course, the event was outside. I didn’t heed that age-old advice, and I got burned. Literally.

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