Quoth The Pentametron 2 comments

Perhaps I’ve found a repetitive glitch

Within @pentametron‘s algorithms

‘Tis a fascile wisdom that doth bewitch

While producing trendy aphorisms


What phrase, pray tell, hath lodged inside my brain

Sagely advice for whom you might eschew

No more Shakespearean, I’ll speak it plain

Invest in people who invest in you


For those unfamiliar with this Twitter phenomenon, Pentametron uses algorithms to scour all of Twitter and retweets posts using iambic pentameter. It’s often amusing in what it uses for couplets – a rant, helpful advice, or even just a word repeated. Lately, though, it seems like the phrase “Invest in people who invest in you” has popped up repeatedly. I don’t recall it being attributed to the same poster each time, so that leads me to believe that many are buying into the phrase. It’s possible, out of all of Pentametron’s retweets, that I’m simply focusing that phrase more because it’s resonating with me. Why? It’s made me realize that I continue to choose to expend my time & energy on those who wouldn’t do the same for me. So I’m not doing that anymore. That doesn’t mean that I will be rude to people. I’m just no longer going to over-extend myself anymore.

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  • SipzTO

    It is a good thing not to over-extend yourself but finding the balance can be tricky.

    The “Invest in people who invest in you” meme has been popping up all over the place. As is the case with so many memes it is a gross over simplification. What is investment? What makes any of us investment-worthy?

    I like how you sum up your post: That doesn’t mean that I will be rude to people. I’m just no longer going to over-extend myself anymore.

    All the best!

  • pcalderone

    So true.

    I can’t say I understand why the meme has been popping up, but you’re right about most being an over-simplification. In this case, however, I don’t think it follows. I think the investment is whatever you make of it… your time, your energy, your willingness to put up with someone’s shenanigans. What makes any of us worthy is how we treat others. It’s just my opinion, but supporting others or encouraging them or providing them a way to be all that they can be (military advertising notwithstanding) makes us investment-worthy. Why should anyone surround themselves with people who aren’t as willing to go the extra mile as you are for them. It should be a two-way street.