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