One in the Hand v. Two in the Bush

Alright, so today’s prompt is all about risk.  The phrase is “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” and you know, I totally thought it meant that it’s better to have one sure thing vs. two “maybes” but as it turns out, that’s only PART of the equation!

Explanation

Origin

This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

The first citation of the expression in print in its currently used form is found in John Ray’s A Hand-book of Proverbs, 1670, in which he lists it as:

[also ‘one’] bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

 

By nature, I am an extremely anti-risk individual.  I cross at the crosswalk, seldom gamble, and avoid anything that could have a negative outcome.  So, here is how I’d compare my sentiments on this phrase:

One guaranteed job is better than 40 Work-from-home schemes.  I know, they’re not all fake, but the risk associated with them, even if they are “get rich quick” makes me turn and run screaming for the hills.  Could those at-home systems pay out?  Sure…will I ever find out?  Nope, I’ll take the one job I have and be content with that, it’s worth far more to me to have stability and moderate rather than risk and the possibility of greatness.

 

 

 

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