What’s the single most useful advice that you and I could hear today?
Ann Landers, who gave advice to millions in her newspaper column, had this to say about that:
“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.”
I appreciate this advice, in part, because it tells us two important things about ourselves as human beings.
First, it reminds us…
You are more important than anything that can happen to you. You are more important, more valuable than any trouble, any failure, any disappointment, any loss.
And then it tells us…
You can face anything that happens.
Those are two very good things to remember about what it means to be a human being.