An Inspiring Webzine…..

This inspiring story was written by the talented Steve Goodier , the host of LifeSupport webzine. Somehow, the right message from LifeSupport, the one that really hits home, shows up in my inbox on so many days. I’m glad I subscribed to LifeSupport, many years ago. I continue to enjoy the writings of Steve and all the positive thoughts he has shared in these inspiring and uplifting stories. Check out the site link for more information about LifeSupport and how to subscribe. It makes for a great time-out in a busy day.   ALL THE ADVICE YOU’LL EVER NEED

A popular T-shirt reads, “Upon the Advice of My Attorney, My Shirt
Bears No Message at This Time.” Perhaps the counsel of others is
occasionally heeded, but I know that advice is not something people
crave. Which is why it is sometimes said that free advice is worth
about as much as you pay for it. Or put another way: “Plain advice is
free. The right answer will cost plenty.”

Our penchant for not wanting advice holds true across the
generations. President Harry Truman once said, “I have found the
best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they
want and then advise them to do it.”

Nor is our aversion to advice just a peculiar sign of the times. As
one boy wrote in an essay on the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates:
“Socrates was a man who went around town giving his advice and
opinions, so…they poisoned him!” What this student lacks in
historical accuracy he more than makes up for in his sense about how
well most advice is received.

Not all advice should be discarded, however. Nor should we overlook
wisdom from unlikely sources. Like the “uneducated.” And the aged.

I have a faded letter clipped from a newspaper many years ago. The
author published some counsel given him by his grandmother who had
died some 60 years prior, and who had never attended school. She
offered it printed on a slip of paper, accompanied by the words, “All
the advice you’ll ever need to have a good life.” I find it worth
remembering. Here is what she wrote:

“Wash what is dirty. Water what is dry. Heal what is wounded. Warm
what is cold. Guide what goes off the road. Love people who are least
lovable, because they need it most.”

Enough days spent refreshing, healing, warming, guiding and loving
will add up to a good life, significant and well lived.


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