REFLECTION: I am all too aware of the irony of what I am about to say. That’s especially so, since I’ve made a career of offering advice and counsel on all kinds of issues – from time and organization, through stress and balance, to encouragement and appreciation. And, since I regularly hear from readers and clients how highly those ideas are valued, I have every intention of continuing.
Still, here’s the thing. There are days when I find I’ve had it with advice! It’s not so much the offering of advice – although there are times when I do grow tired of listening to myself talk or write. It’s more the seeming streaming nonstop nature of external advice that swirls and flows around me. Some days I experience that more as bombardment and less as encouragement.
It’s an interesting state of affairs for someone who likes words and loves ideas. But, I find there are days when I literally want to shout, “Enough Already!”
Facebook posts run rampant with recycled wisdom in the form of ‘words to live by’ and in the jazzed up form of quotes turned mini-posters. On quote-heavy days, a quick scan of the FB News Feed leaves me with ‘motivational whiplash’.
Newstands and magazines overflow with how-to, where-to, and why-to cautions and admonishments.
Our local paper even features a quote of the day as part of the header on the Obituary page. That seems just a bit too late in the game to qualify as a word to the wise.
I recently found myself chuckling heartily when I heard Kellogg School of Management professor, Harry Kramer, observe, “I have virtually no answers, but I have many, many opinions.” (Yep – another quote!)
Wordsmith that I am, I had to look up the source of the words: advice and advise. Turns out they spring from an Old French phrase, Ce m’est a vis (translation: It seems to me) or Latin phrase, Mi est visum (translation: In my view).
Perhaps this suggests the simple step of giving our own thoughts and views – at the very least – equal time.
ACTION: I don’t know if you ever experience advisory overload, or if you do, how you handle it; but, for what it’s worth, here’s my strategy.
I turn down the volume on the inbound flow. Then I crank up the connection to my thoughts – tuning in to my own experience and observations about the state of the world.
That gift of breathing space often brings relief – a most welcome guest in this bombarding, ‘join-the-conversation’ world we live in.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Your wisdom here: …
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: The mind and the heart you carry with you every single day.