Thursday, May 20, 2021

My advice


People at work ask me for personal advice. I am good at advice because I practice giving advice every day, here, in this very space, to the whole world. 

So these people say to me "I have a problem. Can I have some advice?"

And I reply "Yes." And I sit up straight and listen.

They tell me the problem.

It's a tough one.

I say "You should do this, maybe."

They get a little tensed up. Then they respond that they can't do that because of some other problem.

So I think more carefully about it. 

"You should definitely do this, then." I tell them, having considered it and feeling pretty confident about my solution.

They get a little more tense.

"I can't do that." They tell me. "Because of this complicating factor that did not get mentioned earlier.


So then I'm quiet for a bit.

"I'm really sorry about your problem." I say seriously. "It sounds so difficult and awful."

They relax for a moment. "Thank you." They reply gravely, and they walk away satisfied.

Like I said, I am good at advice.

1 comment:

If you were wondering, yes, you should comment. Not only does it remind me that I must write in intelligible English because someone is actually reading what I write, but it is also a pleasure for me since I am interested in anything you have to say.

I respond to pretty much every comment. It's like a free personalized blog post!

One last detail: If you are commenting on a post more than two weeks old I have to go in and approve it. It's sort of a spam protection device. Also, rarely, a comment will go to spam on its own. Give either of those a day or two and your comment will show up on the blog.