The sage would answer all the questions that people asked him but would not offer them unsolicited advice. Having given a well considered piece of advice in response to a specific request, he would not insist that it be followed.

One day the discussion was on parenting, and knowing that the sage’s children had grown well into their own lives, a visitor asked him what the secret was.

“Well, I never gave any advice to my children because my counsel would be at least a generation too old for them,” the sage answered.

As the questioner took in those words, he continued. “And when sometimes I did, they were smart enough to ignore my advice.”

(Francis Valloor: A Drew Drop in the Ocean, 2009)


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