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Advice is like a penny found on the sidewalk. At first glance we get excited. We've found something of value! Then we quickly realize, there's not much a penny can buy.

This reminds me of my favorite quote: Take my advice, I'm not using it. “Advice” is the re-gifting fruitcake of the philosophical world. Everyone is in a hurry to re-wrap it and pass it on. This is because most advice is just opinion in disguise. For young people, advice is the bane of their existence.

Elders make it their duty to tell young ones how to live a good, productive life. The downside of such advice is when a young person is driven away from their natural calling. This happens when a well meaning elder tries to re-live opportunities they missed in their own youth.

Our youth are sometimes more “in-tune” with their inner compass than their elders. Elders that have spent years listening to well meaning advice, which often “throws off” their own inner compass. Many ancient texts speak about this inner compass or “knowing”, as a guiding light through dark or uncertain times. Yet, how many of us listen to or even trust, this inner wisdom?

When I seek advice, it often comes on the heels of not trusting my own inner voice. I find myself seeking advice I want to hear. Everyone agrees with me?? Great! Problem solved! Of course, we all need to hear encouraging words. However, we must also resist the temptation to surround ourselves with “yes” people. True personal growth strikes a health balance between inner knowing and decisive action. At the same time, we must be humble enough to seek advice from qualified experts who may not always tell us what we want to hear.

Thank you.
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