Hello and Welcome!
Our idiom this week is: a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
The idioms.com defines this phrase as:
- a proverb that means easy situations can never improve you or make you better
- the harsh conditions of life make a person tougher and more capable
- challenging experiences often give the best lessons of life
They also say, this proverb is believed to have an African origin. It’s been in use for quite a while and there is no record of the first use and actual origin of this proverb.
I find it surprising that I had never heard this saying before, since my husband was a sailor for 35 years. I do, however, like the phrase and the idea that it represents. I may begin using it. 🙂
Have you ever used this phrase?