What is the best advice I’ve ever received?
Even the stingiest of scrooges are generous with one thing – their advice. People love to give it. No matter how despondent the jilted lover, everyone else will be only too happy to tell him or her about the other fish in the sea. Patience may be a virtue, but wise friends can’t wait to offer their insights into how best to navigate a path through the emotional maze of life.
I am capable of recognizing the wisdom in really good advice, but when I’m hiding under the covers in bed on a dark day, very little really helps. Of course, I know what the Persian Sufi poets said: “This, too, will pass,” but in reality, until it does, I’m going to feel like moving to Minsk to start a new life. Okay, maybe not Minsk. I’d prefer the Maldives.
The best advice I have ever received came from a fictional character, a wise little green guy called Yoda. He said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” In other words, if there’s something you want to do, just do it, and give it your best shot.