Last fall, a reader named Amanda asked me some fun and thought-provoking questions for an interview. The one that really gave me pause was this: “What is the best advice you have ever received?” Not just the best advice I’d read, or the best advice I’d given, but the best advice I’d received.
A lot of sage bits swirled through my mind before I finally land upon a piece of advice I’d been given—and then I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it sooner.
But I loved how the question got me thinking. And I decided I’d like to pass Amanda’s question on to all of you. Comment with your answer!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
My mother always told me that her mother always told her: it is selfish to be self-conscious.
I have always struggled with being self-conscious. Maybe everyone else does, too.
But I’m always slightly jealous of those who appear so self-confident. Because I myself am feeling self-conscious about not being self-confident!
It’s all about self.
Whenever I actually make the conscious effort to be others-conscious, I feel at ease making them feel at ease.
And I’ve found that the easiest way to start is with a simple smile.
The Bible says, “A joyful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).
And after all, “Never frown: you don’t know who’s falling in love with your smile.”