Not long ago, I attended an office meeting that consisted of mainly male associates. There was a younger partner who had the floor and was speaking from a place where the sun doesn't shine (anatomically speaking). About half way through his presentation, I woke up and saw the mood his words were creating around the room. Believe me, it wasn't a pretty sight. Usually, I sleep during these boring quarterly meetings. God knows what inspired this native speaker to stand up and utter the words that came out of my mouth. For the most part, I'm a quiet man during the work day and tend to mind my own business while getting the job done. The verbiage can only be attributed to some of the great "one liners" that I've discovered by conversing and posting with many of the fantastic learners here on EC over the past year.
Here's the quote, "Reality talks and verbal manure walks. What's left behind is just a pile of mental debris, bones, and ashes. When a strong wind comes along, many of the lighter particles from the the previously mentioned topic are carried off into the breeze. The remains make an excellent fertilizer for a new spring garden. What seeds will you plant with such a valuable commodity?".
That statement will now be printed and posted on my supervisor's office wall. Of course the language was cleaned up to pass this moderated site's policies.
Thank you EC learners for giving me the inspiration to stand up and speak the truth. Even native speakers and part time teachers have a great deal to learn here.