I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Some things are one and done.
It does no good to harp on it.
Indeed, it becomes an issue if you do.
So it is with advice, especially the unsolicited kind.
If you see a need and have something to offer…do it.
If it is well intended and well received well and good.
(How many times can you say “well” in an 11 words sentence?)
That well received part can empty the other two wells.
In a hurry.
Say it and let it go.
Maybe it will germinate and bear fruit on a schedule you cannot foresee.
Yesterday a dear, dear friend thanked me for some advice.
She said I mentioned this spiritual option to her seven years ago.
I didn’t remember it.
But she told me she has been applying it ever since.
She wasn’t too thrilled to get my input back then, so she says.
She reports it has set her free despite mule headed, heels dug in, blind resistance to a sage like me!
The only thing I have continued to tell this friend consistently during these seven years is….
“I love you.”
And I trust Someone else to make something of it.
As our Friend walked me into a day that will bring me into contact with many folks, some I’ve never met and some who have slept on the pillow next to mine 17,155 nights, the temptation is there to harp. I told my Buddy how it is about giving advice. He smiled at me the way he does and said…
“I found it helpful to give myself instead.”