Do you RISK giving ADVICE even if it irritates the people you are giving it to? I guess we all have experienced giving and receiving unsolicited advice. I am sure we have, or most of have, used the phrase “A word to the wise” – I like adding to that every time I hear it – “A Word to the wise is a waste – it’s the stupid one’s that need to hear it not the “wise” ones.” Now I hope you all know I am just kidding. In the end we can ALL use some words to the wise.
Advice… we often give it to our children. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? But, yet often I hear from my oldest son, “I didn’t ask for your advice – I am not going to listen to it anyway.” Why is that? Why would my son not want to hear my advice? I don’t think it’s bad advice. It’s given out of love. So. what’s wrong with it?
We all still give it (advice or words to the wise) even if its unsolicited. Yet, so many people find it offensive. But how many times have we all done something stupid and wished someone would have warned us beforehand. Even if they had warned us, chances are we would have done it anyway.
We often ignore good advice but we still need to hear it sometimes more than once.
Should we still offer good advice even at the risk of irritating someone? What are your thoughts?