Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Know Best! (The Stark Truth About Giving Advice, Sought Or Not)



Did I even ask?
Hannah Whitall Smith*, founder of Woman's Christian Temperance Union, late 19th and early 20th century, said, "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.


Sounds good on paper. But most of us are indeed offended if the person we've advised either does not take our advice or lets it go right over their heads without even considering it. After all, we took the time to share our words of wisdom and the bloody bloke insulted us by saying "No thanks." How could he/she/they? We have shared a piece of ourselves with them. The least they could do is to pay attention. But no. They just do what they want to do, anyway. Complete ingrates.