Advice of the Day: Ploughing

Life is simpler when you plough around the stump.

The saying “Life is simpler when you plough around the stump” is a metaphor that means it is easier to avoid an obstacle than to confront it directly. The metaphor is derived from the practice of plowing a field with a team of horses, where stumps or other obstructions in the field can cause problems. Plowing around the stump means going around the obstacle rather than trying to remove it, which can be time-consuming and difficult. In a broader sense, the saying suggests that it is often more efficient to find a workaround or alternative solution than to face a problem head-on, especially if the problem is particularly challenging or entrenched. The saying is often used to encourage people to be resourceful and creative in finding ways to work around obstacles and challenges in life.

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