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Author: Lee WiseCopyright Date: 2003Word count: 563/bioCharacters/line: 60 "I NEED SOME HELP. MAY I ASK YOU SOMETHING?" Giving And Receiving Quality Advice © Lee Wise 2003 All rights reservedI JUST WASN'T SURE...I was in one of those "I'm not so sure what to think aboutthis" moments when I stepped inside the office of a friend.Had you been there, I am fairly certain you would have noticed the sincerity in my voice as I stated: "I have 'one of those' questions for you again." He didn't even need to hear me say, "Mind if I ask you?"A sympathetic glance followed by one word -- "Sure" -- put me in the conversational driver's seat. At least for a few minutes. THEN THINGS PROGRESSED It's a good thing I didn't plan on staying in that seat for a long time. Why? Because somewhere between minute one and minute forty-fiveof the dialogue that followed, my friend quite naturally assumed his place behind the steering wheel. HE WAS IN THE DRIVER'S SEATMy friend, who I will now refer to as "Paul," was *welcomed*into that position. It was a relief to have him there. He listened.He evaluated.He clarified the issues. And he gave me his advice. IT WAS GREATI'm telling you... it was *great!* The insights I received from Paul were to my heart what aglass of ice water is to a thirsty body on one of those hot, sticky days: refreshing. WHERE THIS IS LEADINGI relayed this brief segment of my life to you for a purpose: to underscore the value of giving and receivingquality advice. Go on a mental road trip and revisit what it *meant* to youwhen you eagerly accepted the words of a friend, associate or family member. Hold on to that snapshot of your life and let it drop down onto the stage of our imagination as you reflect on these statements: "It's a good thing to receive good advice." "It's a good thing to give good advice." "Giving and receiving quality advice is one of the marks of maturity in a person" IN CLOSING...Take the time and make the effort to earn credibility in thelives of people. Credibility will give you a platform for sharing with others the wisdom you have gained over the years. Be Willing To Receive Advice Ask for help. Build a reputation of being a learner. Learn To Listen Listen with your heart. One of the highest compliments you could ever hope to hear is: "You're a sensitive person." Don't Over Deliver Strive to give people only what they are mentally and emotionally prepared to receive at the moment. Express Gratefulness Thank people when they help you. Thank the people you help for the privilege of being involved in their lives. Do It Anyway Some people respond positively to quality advice. And some don't. Make up your mind that sincerely attempting to help people is worth the effort anyway. Don't stop trying. You are valuable. The unique expressions of care you bring to the world are valuable. Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,Lee -------------------------------Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A BeautifulMoment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living." Permission is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be included. Email: [email protected]: http://www.motivation-for-daily-living.net