Thursday, January 7, 2010

Take Advice

I'm kinda sick. In an "I've been coughing for 3 weeks straight" kind of way. And being sick for this long, I've started to notice a trend.

People love to give advice about how to get well. I think the last time I've gotten this much advice in such a short time frame was when I first had my baby. Seriously.

But the funny thing is...when I first had my baby, I was crazy defensive about all that advice. I'd shrug it off and get back to reading books by people who I thought actually knew what they were talking about.

Turns out, though, that a lot of the advice I get is pretty darn good.

Take your vitamins.
Get some sleep.
Have some homemade chicken noodle soup.
Garlic, garlic, garlic.
The miracle of magnesium (did you know there's actually a book with this title?)

And then there's the kicker..

It might be time to see an (insert scary music here)


But I think these people are right. So, tomorrow, I'm going to look for a new doctor in this new town.

Take advice. It's something I'm trying this month, and it kinda feels good to embrace the wisdom of my friends and family.

What is it that we hate about getting advice? Why does it feel so good to give advice and so terrible to receive it?


  1. I found this quote today and thought I needed to post it on this blog: "A friend drops their plans when you're in trouble, shares joy in your accomplishments, feels sad when you're in pain. A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice--but when you don't follow it, they still respect and love you."

    I think friends and family members who truly care about each other give advice because they hate to see their friends and family sick or upset or having problems with whatever. So they give advice with your best interest at heart. Thus, when people are giving me advice, even if it's unsolicited, unwanted, unnecessary advice, I try to be thankful that they care enough to want to give me advice.

  2. What a good quote! I do think most advice is really well-meaning. And I like the part about still respecting and loving us when we don't take it!