Life teaches us many lessons--we all know this. Today I'm thinking about unwanted advice, and how to deal with it. We've all had unwanted advice. There's the pregnant woman who hears advice on everything from stretch mark miracle creams to natural labor, or the young mother who gets stopped at the grocery story by 47 elderly ladies, who each have something to tell her that she's doing wrong (bundle that baby up! don't give her a pacifier! you should be feeding him more!).
I get unwanted advice as the parent of a child who has cancer, too. Well-meaning people tell me how to better treat Emma's cancer; all-natural diets, cut out dairy, think positive (that one is particularly amusing), get more exercise. The list goes on.
I haven't ever (okay, not often anyway) gotten upset over the unwanted advice. I usually just smile and nod, saying something like "that does sound like good advice", because really, when is 'get more exercise' not good advice?
So today's life lesson is to laugh off well-meaning but annoying people. That wasn't a very nice thing to say, was it? However, I figured this was something that everyone goes through; we don't have to get angry or bitter at those people who are trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to help us with our lives. They do mean well. So laugh it off with me, and maybe, just maybe, give some thought to what they say. You never know...they might have a point.