Advice from a Cardinal
Stand out in a crowd
Go out on a limb
Be a bright spot in others lives.
Add color to your life.
It’s okay to be a little flashy.
January 5th - advice
The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
I always value good advice. I’ve learned a lot from others over the years and am thankful for it. I don’t think I could ever learn all the lessons I need in one lifetime, so for me advice is invaluable. No price can be set on good advice.
We all seek or give advice at one time or another, but sometimes what we want to hear isn’t what we wanted just like what we say, wasn’t what was good for someone else.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Sometimes good advice is very hard to find. You have to be careful who you ask. Not everyone gives good answers. Some like to give advice just for the sake of speaking and not really caring one way or the other.
We should only give advice when asked, not automatically when someone shares a problem. Unsolicited advice sends a message that you are jumping in because they cannot handle the problem or situation for themselves. Sometimes it is better to listen and empathize.
Advice is more fun to give than receive.
If someone comes to you for advice, let them know you’re here to help but trust me to make their own decisions. Your confidence may be all the help they need.
There are the occasional bits of advice that stick with us. Whether from your grandma, a friend, a simply from a song, certain advice appeals to us more we thought could be possible. When I want to do one thing and everyone is advising me to do something different, it is helpful for me to remember that I have more information about what is right for me than anyone else does and that is when I have to listen to my gut, and trust myself. And of course prayer always helps.
When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.