My Daddy was one of the wisest people I’ve ever known. He didn’t finish grade school, so not educated – wise. He also lived his life his own way – an Aquarius sun. Some – many – of his choices were certainly vulnerable to criticism. So, his wisdom was grounded in experience.
I was recently working with a young man who said just tell me like it is – what do you see? I remember asking Daddy for the answer many times in my frustration or pain. He would say I’m going to tell you the straight stuff.
Here’s Daddy’s version of the straight stuff. Go back and look at what happened. Where did you act in a way you knew somewhere inside was wrong? What did you do to bring this on yourself? If you don’t like the way they are treating you, leave. If you don’t like anybody, then be alone. If you don’t agree with others, walk away. Just let them be. And on a more global plane – never trust preachers or politicians. Book leaning is OK but it won’t help you with life.
That’s a sampling. Someday I’m going to write a book about Daddy’s take on the world.
So, the straight stuff. We often times want somebody else to give us the answer, especially when we are in the midst of one of life’s many storms. The problem is someone else’s answer really doesn’t have anything to do with you – it is simply the way they see the problem from their vantage point. Their answer might actually sidetrack or derail you.
You also can’t find your answer in a doctor’s office or from your local drug dealer. TV is an anesthetic, as is sex, exercise, shopping, you fill in the rest. No answers there, either.
Now what? Go inside to your heart or the still small voice or however you conceive of your own innate wisdom – your inner guide. And, listen.
The next step is where the magic happens. Find your courage to act in the way you know in your heart of hearts is right for you.
That’s the straight stuff.