What’s the single most useful advice you and I could hear today?
Ann Landers, who gave advice to millions in her newspaper column, put it this way:
“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’ Then repeat to yourself the most comforting of all words, ‘This too shall pass.’ Maintaining self-respect in the face of a devastating experience is of prime importance.”
Ann reminds us of three important truths:
- Trouble (as troubling as it is) is part of life. It comes with the territory. It’s part of our assignment as human beings. And no matter what the trouble, it does NOT mean that you are somehow disqualified or that the fates or God are against you.
We could tell the stories of many artists, writers and leaders who were empowered to make great contributions to life because of the great troubles they had been through. They learned how to accept and use everything that happened to them.
- You are more important than anything that happens to you because you are a human being, the most valuable thing in the world.
3. You can face anything that happens. You can overcome any hurt
Pretty good advice.