Day 1468: Advice

Even though people sometimes look to me for advice, I am hesitant to give it.

My advice about advice to new psychotherapists often includes the following:

  1. Giving advice is easy.
  2. Any advice you give is subjective.
  3. People have probably heard your advice before.
  4. Wrong advice could damage your relationship.
  5. Advice is common; acceptance is rare.
  6. Encourage people to use their own wisdom and experience, rather than depending on your advice.

I don’t advise that we all stop giving or listening to advice. Advice is everywhere and some can be very helpful.

I now advise that we look at my photos from yesterday. Perhaps we’ll find some advice.



















Here‘s some musical advice:

Any advice about today’s post?

My advice is to express appreciation to others, including all those  who helped me create this blog (including Willie Nelson and Ken from Cardiac Rehab) and — of course! — YOU.

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30 thoughts on “Day 1468: Advice

  1. My advice? More Willie Nelson!

  2. Alice always gave herself very good advice but seldom followed it. Sometimes even if we know what we should do it helps to hear that advice from others.

  3. Travel light, spread the light, be the light, but don’t go into the light (until you are ready)….

    My advice is to …. Hmm, I don’t seem to have any advice today. Just that you try to have the most wonderful day possible (but that would be a prescription).


  4. That dragon bumper sticker…fair warning ! And, don’t look now, Ann, but there’s an egg in your broth. ☺

  5. I’ll take the Godiva and the cat, thank you!

  6. Love it! ❤ 🙂

  7. I only give advice when asked, I always feel like replying to unsolicited advice– “who asked you??” But that’s just me. I like the teabag. Where did you get those teabags? I think I need to get them- I just love the messages. Be the light…..

    • It’s not just you, Lisa.

      Since you asked, I find Yogi Tea at most local supermarkets. My advice is look for it the next time you’re shopping. I especially love the Egyptian Licorice (even though I don’t like licorice).

      Thanks for being the light!

  8. My advice is to for Ann to keep writing this awesome blog and for us to keep reading and enjoying it!

  9. I absolutely love the “Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons…” bumper sticker. I think there is a whole lot of “wisdom” wrapped up in that one given your overall theme. I’ve been chewed upon by a variety of dragons when giving advice and I think I would be wise to memorize the list you give new psychotherapists. I think it translates well to those of us very good at giving unprofessional advice. 🙂

  10. “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”- Lewis Carroll

  11. hello ann koplow its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez that is gud advice abowt deeling with draggins!!! and a draggin wuz the main karakter of wun of his buks so i gess he wood no!!! ha ha ok bye

    • Hello Dennis the Vizsla Dog. Hey, I have some advice for you! Please visit me more often, because it’s always very gud to see you. Ok bye.

  12. Your six plus that too often people asking for advice are not really seeking an avenue for change but rather validation for their current mind set.

  13. An excellent piece on therapy and advice. Good advice for the profession

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