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Listen to your elders…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on April 16, 2010

Something we hate to admit, but do frequently, is that we do not know it all. This theme was the central part of many conversations over the past few months (including yesterday). It is not about just listening to our elders, but listening to our peers as well. There are lots of life experiences that someone else has had and through sharing can help you through.

Some folks were frustrated with the new kids on the block ignoring historical work and perspective or the parent who has been there and done that but the son/daughter won’t listen. It didn’t matter which of the two scenarios, the feelings and messages were the same. Most would tell you that it didn’t matter what direction ultimately got pursued, but the lack of listening and thinking about the experience behind the message was disrespectful.

Even worse, beyond disrespect, not listening and considering can lead you to make uninformed decisions. Yes, everyone has a right to make their own mistakes. Many times, when we do, we fall back on wishing we had sought advice or listened to advice that had been offered.

If someone takes the time to share their experience, I encourage you to take the time to listen. And yes there is a fine line between someone sharing and someone trying to micromanage your life. You can tell the difference, if only you stop to think it through. In the end, the choices you make in your life are your own. The best you can do is have the best information with which to make your choices. Just Do You.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts.


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