What is the best advice I ever got? I really struggled with this writing prompt. Not because I haven’t received empowering and encouraging advice from both my parents throughout the years, but because the advice that has had the most impact for me is very personal.
The best advice I ever got came from my friend therapist, after many months of talking together. It’s funny how the simplest of advice can have the most impact. She told me that I had a choice – a choice to choose to not be a victim and a choice to be happy. She said to stop worrying about things that I didn’t have any control over, and instead focus on how I react to those things. It might seem like a simple or obvious thing to some, but when an event happens that leaves you feeling unsure or afraid – it’s not so obvious or easy. Although the random act that changed my life happened as an adult, I was still deeply impacted. I was spinning my wheels and worrying about something that I didn’t have any control over. Once I realized I was putting my energy into the wrong thing, it was such a release. I no longer dwell on the bad or the past, and make the choice on a daily basis to be happy… live my life to it’s fullest… be successful… make a difference… smile… laugh… and love my family.
Although I may not have control over some things that happen in this world, it’s empowering to know that I have a choice in how I react. I can either let it take me down, or I can choose to overcome it and make the best of a bad situation.
She said I have the power to choice how I react to the things I cannot control.
It would be easy for me to play the blame game, and stay hidden away in my shell. Choosing to not be a victim and choosing to be happy helps me to succeed. I will forever appreciate my therapist, Jean, who shared the most simple of words with me – yet changed my life in such a remarkable way.
There are many people who have given me great advice throughout the years. I try to be like a sponge and soak in all the experience and knowledge that others have acquired and learned. I am fortunate in that I have wonderful girlfriends who don’t mind sharing advice and talking about the tough subjects. I think it’s important that women share experiences and give advice to each other, and that’s why I am excited about the “Change the Cycle” Campaign by NovaSure.
Wise Woman Contest
Change the Cycle is a community where women who suffer from heavy periods can share their stories and learn about solutions. They have launched a new Change the Cycle Facebook page, and during the month of April they will be running a Wise Woman Contest asking women to share the best advice they ever received. The grand prize is a spa weekend getaway for two to Sedona, AZ followed by 10 runner-up prizes of $100. I encourage you to like Change the Cycle on Facebook to be a part of the conversation, and share the best advice you ever got. Whether it’s a parent who told you to aim high or a boss who helped you move up in the company, share your story. Maybe you’ll win!
What is the best advice you ever got – was it from a parent, boss, teacher, or friend?
This post is sponsored. However, all thoughts are completely my own.
The best advice I ever got was to make sure I put my child(ren) first. And as the mom of a child with autism I ALWAYS put him and his brothers first. Doing this has allowed me to almost fully recover him!
That is very good advice for sure!
Tricia Nightowlmama says
I think the best advice I ever got came from my husband. He always says don’t sweat the small stuff
That is very good advice, and something I try to do.
Marcie W. says
I have to recite the Serenity Prayer to myself at least once a day! It is very difficult for my to relinquish control.
That is a lesson we are teaching our kids all the time!!
Tammy S says
Great post!! One of the things my mother always told me was, treat others as you would like to be treated and remember Pretty is as Pretty does. Great advice.