Do not break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.
Note: Don’t go out of your way to get in trouble. Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. Do not meet troubles half way.
Are you come to meet your trouble?
The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
Troubles are like the rough in golf; the trick is not staying out, but getting out after we are in.
Note also: This proverb has two negative verbal particles, ná and nach. Ná is used to give negative commands and does not require the following verb to be lenited or eclipsed. It will put an h before a following verb that begins with a vowel. Ná hól bainne géar. (Don’t drink sour milk.) Nach can be used either as an interogatory verbal particle or as a relative verbal particle. In either case, it requires the following verb to be eclipsed.