Since the theme for today for the “postaday2011” is pretty lame (Do you have lucid dreams? If you could control your dreams tonight, what would they be?), I decided to try the April A-to-Z challenge. Why not? I’m sure it will be a challenge.
So here goes. A is for Advice. Everyone gives advice and some of it is really terrible. There are some people who give me advice that I have learned that it I take it, I might as well stick my head in a gas oven. It’s that bad.
Then there are people who will give you advice whether you want it or not. They know best no matter what the situation is. I should also stick my head in the gas oven when I hear their advice if i cannot avoid hearing it, which sometimes i cannot.
Other people give you advice and they have a wisdom about them that says to you, “These people know what they are talking about. LISTEN,” I have several friends in this category and I always listen to them and gladly take the advice they give.
Sometimes I get advice in comments from folks on the blogs about something I’ve written. More often than not, it’s something I haven’t thought of or is just really wise advice. I try to take their advice because they have nothing to lose in giving advice and nothing to win, and they have sound advice based on what I’ve written.
Advice is a very tricky thing. I try very hard not to give advice without asking first, but some people don’t see it that way. They forget that they actually asked for the advice in the first place. Sometimes they never take the advice they asked for and the situation continues on and that’s all we talk about. That ticks me off because why did they ask for advice in the first place when they have no intention of following the advice or even having a discussion about it. That is what puts me off from giving advice.
I always make sure that I tell someone that this is how I see the situation and this is what I would do. Then they can do as they see fit.
Advice is primarily a good thing because you can’t see everything and other people can help you see things in a different way. That helps you make better decisions about situations.
I wrote this after receiving some good advice from comments on my blog and some good advice from a trusted friend. I guess A is for Advice, at least today. May you always accept and give good advice.
This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.