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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Hello Webster! March 25, 2007 11:55 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Is there a word in the English language that means "desperately trying to please someone but never being able to do so because every choice you make is wrong"?

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1. LissaKay - March 25, 2007

There are lots of words that fit … mother, daughter, father, son, husband, wife, student, employee … but I do recall a snippet of a song, one that my parents listened to when I was a wee tot. I don’t remember the name or who sang it, but this one line has been banging around in my head for ages, and has helped keep me sane when the demands of the world threaten to make my head implode:

“Well it’s all right now. I’ve learned my lesson well. It seems, you can’t please everyone so you’ve got to please yourself.

Ya da da da … dootin do do … ya da da da da … got to … please yourself.”

Words to live by, my friend.

2. Doug McCaughan - March 25, 2007

Garden Party by Rick Nelson. It’s a personal favorite and I reflect on those exact words probably weekly because I do seek to please people and you can’t please everyone.