“Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most like it the least.” —Philip Dormer Stanhope, British statesman
You may have really good advice to give to Joe, but if it’s delivered the wrong way (“Joe, I know you’re having difficulty with Mary, but honestly, you should keep your ignorant mouth shut.”), Joe will understandably resent your interference. On the flipside, you could masterfully deliver terrible advice that leads to tragedy, like the invasion of Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Advice is much easier to give when someone asks for it, and it’s a privilege to be asked. Tread carefully when giving unsolicited advice. Continue reading
“Distracted from distraction by distraction”
― T.S. Eliot
In this age of information overload, people crave a kind smile, not a “smiley face.” A warm handshake can’t be duplicated by Lucida font. But here we all are – stuck to our small and large screens like sticky bubble gum on the sole of our shoe. Like a frog jumping on a hot griddle, we’re going from texts to emails, from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook, from GoToMeeting to Skype. Let me tell you, folks, there isn’t enough sunscreen to block out the endless electronic bombardment. Continue reading
My granddaughter Maya was at our house for a five-day visit—exhilarating for the grandparents. Maya is a precocious five-year-old who often acts/talks like a graduate student! On this particular visit she was suffering from an injured wrist—the little explorer had fallen off a fence at my son’s house. Seemed like it was just a sprain, so all we did was ice and monitor it.
Now, something you absolutely need to know about Maya: she is deathly afraid of doctors and anyone else who audaciously thinks he’s going to medically treat her body. So the thought of having to bring her to a doctor terrified me, too. Continue reading