Daily Archives: May 2, 2012

Advice Column

(request) Dear So-and-So:

I am in desperate need of your help.  I have wondered into territory that I am completely unfamiliar with and I don’t know what to do. What was I thinking? I don’t know if I was thinking at all. I mean I’ve made so many mistakes that I don’t think I can recover.
Please forgive me if I sound neurotic or cryptic. This, asking for help, is really way outside my comfort zone, but I need some support.

Signed, Help Me

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(response) Dear Help Me,

Hey Buddy…how about you help yourself? You’re right you’re cryptic because nothing is clear. I need to know what you’re talking about if you want my help. All of it. Don’t leave out one detail because I need to know. It’ll be easier for me to tell you what I think that way. Regardless, you sound pitiful. You probably just need to get over it. I’m sure you’ve tried a bunch of things, but you probably didn’t try hard enough.  Don’t you know how to pray?  I would suggest that you haven’t yet truly applied yourself yet especially since I know what it is to pick myself up and dust myself off. You should be like me!

 

Yeah. I’d wanna pop the one responding in the face too. But this is how so many of us give advice. It’s always less about what the other person needs.

Even when solicited, the giving of advice should not solely entertain you.  The person you’re pretending to help doesn’t  need to know how much you “know” and how right you are.

It’s actually a privilege to be asked into someone’s head space. Don’t abuse it.

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Solution

…AHEM!!!….*taps into microphone*…By George, I think I’ve FOUND it!

The cure for worry: focus fully on doing what you are gifted and called to do.  You’ll be so busy that you won’t have time to dwell on nonsense.

Thank you.

*drops mic and exits stage left*