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Monday, May 19, 2008

Giving advice - give and let go

Title: Chill (2004)
Media: Acrylic

"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." - Hannah Whitall Smith

When people ask us for advice we often become personally invested in the advice that we give them. We feel so sure of our rightness that we have to make sure that the other person accepts it. Deep inside us their acceptance of our advice is attached to our self worth. If they don't accept and act on our advice then we perceive that to mean that we are disrespected, devalued, not liked etc. What is far better to do is to give advice - then let it go.

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