Claire writes: “Do you like advice? It’s easy to slip into offering good ideas without asking whether that’s useful.
Artist Andy Leek leaves handwritten posters around London called #notestostrangers. One note reads: ‘Think of the last bit of advice you gave and see if it’s useful to you’.
When it is asked for, and when it addresses someone else’s specific question, advice can be useful. Sometimes what we offer to others is what we need to be hearing ourselves. And sometimes offering to listen might be even more of a gift than offering solutions.
PS If the advice is framed as a question it’s still advice!”
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