Best Advice, in 7 Words or Less

Another one from Dave Pollard: Tell us the best advice you’ve ever had, that you’ve followed, in seven words or less.
Some of his advice would also be mine:

  • First, understand why it is that way

  • Know what problem you’re solving

  • Change yourself first

  • Pay attention.

And some additional advice — 7 words or less — that I’ve found (am finding) helpful:

  • Explore territory lying beneath virtue’s horizon. (Merton)
  • Expectations are premeditated resentments.
  • Relinquish idols, habits, and false beliefs.
  • Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. (HG Wells)
  • If you’re living mechanically, change. (Andre Gregory)
  • Explore until someone yells at you. (D. Hall)
  • Notice patterns and exceptions. (Darwin)
  • Eat flowers and don’t be afraid. (ee cummings)
  • We are not meant to survive. (Lourde)
  • Speak truth with compassion. (Buddha)
  • Bless those who curse you. (Jesus)
  • Don’t make assumptions. (Four Agreements)
  • All truths are half-truths. (Alfred North Whitehead)
  • Don’t take it personally. (Four Agreements)
  • Receive what is offered.
  • Howl the eternal yes. (Nietzche)
  • Love is all you need. (Lennon)
  • Hug the dark night. (Nietzche)
  • Love the questions. (Rilke)
  • Let your life speak. (Quakers)
  • Eternity is now.
  • Lean on water. (Mona Van Duyn)
  • Give thanks
  • Be forgiven.
  • Observe.
  • Be still.
  • Listen.
  • Love.

One of my favourite pieces of advice is nine words: It’s not the thing you fling; it’s the fling itself. (Northern Exposure)

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