Turning Bad Advice into Good Advice – It’s No Harder Than Turning Lead into Gold

Alchemical Apparatus - Image by Wellcome [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
“But other people have it worse…”

Well, yeah. Just like there’s always someone cooler than you, there’s always someone worse off than you. It would probably be hard to figure out who is at the single furthest point on either end of that spectrum because I’m sure it changes.

But this isn’t a contest about who has it worse. There is no competition to be in that position. I don’t know anyone who wakes up and says, “You know what? Today is the day I win the coveted title of having it absolutely worst in the universe.”

When someone says that, your first response is probably something to the effect of wanting to shout – “FUCK YOU!”

There’s another option, though.

First, consider the fact that *they* have it worse than you. They clearly have no idea of how to interact with other human beings. They are completely incapable of providing good and helpful advice.  

Second, understand that if you can’t find the good in the trite saying that gets trotted out, you’re a hell of a lot smarter than the person who said it. You’re clever enough to examine a statement and consider its implications. Score one for you!

Third, this is your chance to learn a very good lesson: ignore everyone who wants to give you advice.

Except me.

My advice is awesome.

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