Advice to a Younger Self

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” ― Robert Frost

“Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” ― Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Every day I’m around people who are looking for sound advice about the future. Or I’m around people who ought to be looking for this sort of advice and don’t know it yet.

I need your help right now. What advice would you give a younger you? What do you NOW wish you had known THEN?

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6 thoughts on “Advice to a Younger Self

  1. So many things but top 5:
    1. don’t stress the small stuff
    2. Plan financially as early as possible.
    3. Always stay connected to people.
    4. Live life with wonder and curiosity
    5. Stay steadfast in your faith- it will get you thru anything.

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  2. 1. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

    2. A balm – “A Blessing for a friend, on the arrival of illness” by John O’Donohue:

    Now is the time of dark invitation
    beyond a frontier that you did not expect.
    Abruptly your old life seems distant.
    You barely noticed how each day opened
    a path through fields never questioned
    yet expected deep down to hold treasure.

    Now your time on earth becomes full of threat.
    Before your eyes your future shrinks.
    You lived absorbed in the day to day so continuous
    with everything around you that you could forget
    you were separate.

    Now this dark companion has come between you.
    Distances have opened in your eyes.
    You feel that against your will
    A stranger has married your heart.
    Nothing before has made you feel so isolated
    and lost.

    When the reverberations of shock subside in you,
    may grace come to restore you to balance.
    May it shape a new space in your heart
    to embrace this illness as a teacher
    who has come to open your life to new worlds.
    May you find in yourself a courageous hospitality
    towards what is difficult, painful and unknown.

    May you use this illness as a lantern
    to illuminate the new qualities that will emerge in you.
    May your fragile harvesting of this slow light help you
    release whatever has become false in you.
    May you trust this light to clear a path
    through all the fog of old unease and anxiety
    until you feel a rising within you,
    a tranquility profound enough to call the storm to stillness.

    May you find the wisdom to listen to your illness,
    ask it why it came,
    why it chose your friendship,
    where it wants to take you,
    what it wants you to know,
    what quality of space it wants to create in you,
    what you need to learn to become more fully yourself,
    that your presence may shine in the world.”

    3. Scripture speaks where words fail.

    4. It can never hurt one to love.

    5. There is a always a right time.

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  3. Troubles are temporary, confidence is sometimes an action – not a feeling, be the best you can be in everything you do, bullies are people hurting and/or confused, stand up for those who cannot

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