Ancient wisdom for today (9)

August 9th 2012, Day 9, Proverbs 9

If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different – they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise – they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know – they’ll profit from it. Proverbs 9:7-9 (The Message)

Don’t you get the impression sometimes that people really don’t appreciate friendly, well-meant advice?

It’s a funny thing but sometimes people just have to learn from their own mistakes… I think it’s a shame really, because (on the whole) other people’s mistakes are cheaper to learn from than our own and it’s often so much easier to spot the mistakes others are making than our own…

It takes a certain level of self-awareness and security to be able to filter well intended but badly timed (or badly articulated) advice from others but there is another way.

If we take the time to develop a decent relationship with someone then, having demonstrated our commitment to their ‘good,’ we may earn the right to speak gentle words of advice into their lives.

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