Resting on Your Laurels

A common plant found in the Great Smoky Mountains is the Mountain Laurel. Its bright white flowers contrasting with glossy green leaves create a festive atmosphere in the spring.

In ancient Greece; a “laureate” was crowned with a laurel wreath as a sign of victory and status. Today’s Nobel Laureates are also honored and praised. But the phrase, “Rest on your laurels” is condescending, suggesting laziness and lack of ambition.

Thought for the Day: Laziness is the mother of all evils.
Sophocles

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