You’re out to lunch with a coworker. You get to talking about life and other things and he begins pouring his heart out to you a bit. You decide to give him some advice to comfort him. He appreciates it.
Later that day you’re chatting online with a distant friend. You get to talking about life and other things and she tells you about some rough patches she’s had lately. You notice that her problems are similar to the coworker you spoke to earlier in the day so you decide to give her the same advice.
You come home from work to find your spouse preparing a meal for some guests you’ll be having over for dinner. While you and the guests are enjoying dinner, the conversation turns into something familiar. You recognize that one of the guests has a problem similar to your coworker and your friend. You give them the same advice and they leave the dinner feeling grateful for your help and hospitality.
Notice the pattern? People confide in each other and we try to give advice where it’s needed. Sometimes I begin to notice that I’m saying the same things over and over to different people. Other times, I’m the one asking a number of people for advice and I hear the same message from each person. Have you experienced either of these situations? If you have…
What kind of advice do you find yourself giving to others often? What kind of advice do you find yourself receiving often? Is there a common theme?